An environmental group has presented evidence of Adani’s illegal work at controversial Carmichael coal mine site through high-resolution satellite imagery and new drone footages.
Coast and Country has sent a letter to Queensland’s Environment Department demanding a prompt investigation.
Adani’s alleged illegal work at a mine site
According to the environmental group, the company is allegedly conducting illegal groundwork at the mine site, including clearing of endangered black-throated finches’ potential habitat. The claims cover 19 locations over a total area of 2.75 ha.
Derec Davies of Coast and Country said that the imagery presents heavy machinery, including drill rigs undertaking activities on the site which the company has illegally cleared.
Environmental Defender’s Office solicitor, Jo-Anne Bragg, who is acting for the environmental group, claimed that the imagery and drone footage shows that Adani breached its environmental authority by conducting works considered stage II activities.
In defense, Adani said in a statement that all its works are legal as they fall under the stage one classification. It maintained that the company complies with the conditions of the approvals of the project. The claims, it said, are an attempt to hurt the reputation of the company.
Adani said: “All works conducted onsite are legal and in line with our stage one approvals, including all footage and imagery in our own videos which we regularly share on our social media channels.”
How do regulators respond?
The Environment Department of Queensland confirmed it has received the letter from Coast and County but was yet to decide whether the allegations warrant an investigation.
Federal Nationals MP, Michelle Landry expressed her doubts over the claims of the environmental group.
Landry, who holds the Central Queensland seat of Capricornia, is a known supporter of the controversial mine project of Adani.
The MP said that she has personally visited the site and has witnessed the strict protocols of the company.