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LATEST ON THE CASE: Adani Carmichael coal mine objection

9:45AM, Wednesday 23 March

Adani Mining has failed in a bid to shift the company’s legal expenses for last year’s landmark Land Court proceedings to community group Coast and Country, Queensland’s Land Court announced this morning.

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“Environmental Defenders Office Queensland, legal representation for Coast and Country, welcomes the decision by the Land Court not to award costs to Adani due to lack of jurisdiction,” Principal Solicitor of EDO Qld Sean Ryan said.

“Community objections to mining are a normal part of the administrative assessment process; important to both the public interest and the protection of the environment,” Mr Ryan said.

“Everybody has a right to protect their family, their home and their environment. We all should be able to exercise this right without the fear of paying for the other side’s legal costs from the big end of town,” he said.

“Community objections lead to changes in conditions to better protect our environment and Coast and Country’s Land Court case is a prime example of the benefits of such objections.”

Mr Ryan said without the Land Court case brought forward by Coast and Country last year, the public would not have known that:

  • Adani overstated job benefits of the mine, with net job figures closer to 1400 than the 10,000 the company stated;
  • There would be serious damage to the continued survival of the largest remaining colonies of the endangered Black-throated Finch located in the mining lease area; and
  • There was a concerning lack of direct investigation into the impacts on the Doongmabulla Springs Complex, which is estimated to be over one million years old and was found to have exceptional ecological significance.

“The Land Court’s decision sends a clear message that well-resourced companies can no longer use threats of costs to intimidate community groups into remaining silent with their objections.”

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2:30PM, Tuesday 15 December

Today, the Land Court of Queensland delivered its recommendation on whether or not the state should approve the Adani Carmichael coal mine. Overall, the Land Court has recommended approval of the mine to the Queensland Government, subject to extra conditions to protect the Black-throated Finch.

The final decision still rests with the state ministers, and Land Court President MacDonald drew to their attention some crucial information:

  • “Overall, my conclusions about the financial and economic evidence are that the applicant has overstated certain elements of the benefit of the mine both in the EIS and in the evidence before this Court” [575];
  • “There will be serious or irreversible environmental damage to the continued survival of any Black-throated Finch in the mining lease area”, because there will be a total loss of habitat in that area [407];
  • “Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions from the mine would equal approximately 0.53%-0.56% of the carbon budget that remains after 2015″ [434];
  • “Given the exceptional ecological significance of the Doongmabulla Springs Complex, I consider that the lack of direct investigation or modelling is concerning” [173].

 

 

9:00AM, Tuesday 15 December

At midday today, the Land Court of Queensland will deliver its recommendation on whether or not the state should approve the Adani Carmichael coal mine.

 

 

5:00PM, Thursday 14 May 2015

IMG_5808Closing oral arguments in the Adani Carmichael coal mine objection have now finished.

Land Court recommendations are typically handed to the state government within about six months.

The state government will then need to consider the recommendation of the Land Court when making a decision whether to approve the Adani Carmichael coal mine in the form of the state mining lease and state environmental authority.

 

 

9:00AM, Thursday 14 May 2015

FullSizeRender1_resizedOur legal team make their way to court this morning for closing submissions in the Adani Carmichael coal case. 

The case objects to Adani’s $16.5 billion Carmichael coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin on economic, environmental and ecological grounds – including that it would harm the endangered Black Throated Finch. 

Throughout the past five weeks, EDO Qld has shown the importance of an independent Land Court public objection process to scrutinise major mines.

 

Through our expert witnesses and even Adani’s own witnesses our client has shown:

1. Adani grossly overstated to the public the number of jobs, and royalties the mine would have for Queensland;

2. The mine, rail and port as well as the burning of coal will cause damage to the Great Barrier Reef from climate change and ocean acidification;

3. The mine will destroy the core population of endangered Black Throated Finch and may impact on Waxy Cabbage Palms;

4. The mine will threaten the base flow of the Carmichael River and may threaten the ancient springs estimated to be one million years old; and

5. The project is extremely risky and unlikely to be financially viable.

 

We have already exposed that Adani grossly exaggerates the number of jobs and royalties to benefit Queensland and made it clear that economic claims by the mining industry should be treated with the greatest scepticism. Further, this case shows the importance of public objection rights for all mining proposals.

“Its sheer scale means that its interference with the environment is correspondingly significant,” said barrister Saul Holt SC, for Land Services of Coast and Country.

 

 

9:00AM, Tuesday 12 May 2015

Closing submissions for the Adani Carmichael coal mine hearing will be heard Thursday 14 May 2015. 10AM, Court 14, Level 7, 363 George Street, Brisbane.

 

 

2:30PM, Friday 1 May 2015

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The legal team for Land Services of Coast and Country on the last day of evidence for the Land Court hearing into Adani Carmichael coal mine.

Back row, l-r: Derec Davies (client) and Dr Chris McGrath (barrister). Front row, l-r: Saul Holt SC (barrister), Sean Ryan (EDO Qld Principal Solicitor), Juanita Williams (EDO Qld solicitor), Jo Bragg (EDO Qld CEO), and Michael Berkman (EDO Qld solicitor).

 

 
7:40AM, Friday 1 May 2015

Jo & TimToday is the final day of evidence in the Adani Carmichael coal mine objection.

This morning Land Services of Coast and Country, represented by solicitors from the EDO Qld and barristers Saul Holt SC and Dr Chris McGrath, will call their last witness, Tim Buckley.

Mr Buckley has 25 years of financial markets experience, most of which time was spent in Australia as a top-rated equities research analyst.

EDO Qld CEO/Solicitor Jo Bragg with Tim Buckley, Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, Director of Energy Finance Studies.

 

 

5:15PM, Thursday 30 April 2015

Mr Standford’s evidence took all day, but has now concluded. Tim Buckley will take the stand tomorrow, called by our client.

 

 

7:00AM, Thursday 30 April 2015

This is day 21 of the case.

After yesterday’s evidence on the emissions of the proposed mine, today the court will again hear evidence on climate change impacts, when Adani calls as an expert witness Mr Jon Stanford, consultant and Director of Insight Economics Pty Ltd. Mr Stanford will be giving evidence on climate change policy.

Later in the day the final witness in the Adani Carmichael coal mine objection is scheduled to give evidence. Tim Buckley is Director of Energy Finance Studies, Australasia, at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Mr Buckley is being called by our client, Land Services of Coast and Country. Mr Buckley will be giving evidence on the finances of the proposed mine.

 

 

1:15PM, Wednesday 29 April 2015

Court has finished early today.

 

 

12:15AM, Wednesday 29 April 2015

A/Prof Malte Meinshausen has just been called to begin giving evidence.

 

 

11:45AM, Wednesday 29 April 2015

Dr Taylor is currently being cross-examined by barristers for Land Services of Coast and Country.

 

 

9:00AM, Wednesday 29 April 2015

Today is the 20th day in the hearing of the Adani Carmichael coal mine objection. This morning marks the beginning of evidence on the climate change aspects of the case.

Scheduled to give evidence today are Dr Chris Taylor, Senior Associate Environmental Scientist, URS Corporation, called by Adani, and A/Prof Malte Meinshausen, Director of the Australian-German College of Climate & Energy Transitions at The University of Melbourne and Senior Researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Called by Land Services of Coast and Country.

 

 

5:45PM, Tuesday 28 April 2015

Today in court, Executive Director of The Australia Institute Dr Richard Denniss delivered expert witness testimony.

Dr Denniss expressed “shock, and surprise” at the Adani expert’s economic modelling and testimony that an increase in the supply of coal would not affect coal prices. Dr Denniss said this “would fail first year economics.”

He continued, “Adani’s expert’s modelling of the coal market is remarkable and bizarre.”

Adani have long claimed that the Carmichael mine, rail and port project will create 10,000 jobs. But earlier this week in court, Adani’s own economist formally testified that the mine and rail would only create 1,464 jobs – just a small fraction of what the company has publicly claimed.

Tomorrow the hearing continues in the Land Court, with expert witnesses scheduled to give evidence on climate change.

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12:00PM, Tuesday 28 April 2015

Dr Richard Denniss has now commenced giving evidence. Dr Denniss has been called as an expert witness by our client, Land Services of Coast and Country.

Dr Denniss is an economist, writer and commentator, and Executive Director of The Australia Institute.

 

 

8:15AM, Tuesday 28 April 2015

This morning when court begins Dr Jerome Fahrer will again take the stand, as barrister Saul Holt SC continues his cross-examination of Dr Fahrer for our client, Land Services of Coast and Country.

 

 

6:30PM, Monday 27 April 2015

In a dramatic revelation, the Land Court of Queensland today heard evidence that suggests that Adani has grossly inflated its job numbers to try to secure approval of its huge Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin.

Adani’s own independent expert witness, Dr Jerome Fahrer, admitted that the mine and railway will only produce 1,464 net jobs per annum – far, far less than the 10,000 jobs figure Adani has trumpeted on its website for mine, rail and port.

Tomorrow, the court will hear from Dr Fahrer and then expert witness and economist Dr Richard Denniss from The Australia Institute.

 

 

10:45AM, Monday 27 April 2015

EDO Qld Principal Solicitor Sean Ryan and independent expert Roderick Campbell, economist and Director of Research at the Australia Institute, combat climate change by using public transport to travel to court.

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10:00AM, Monday 27 April 2015

What are the true economic costs and benefits of Adani’s proposed Carmichael coal mine? Taking the stand when court begins this morning will be economist Jerome Fahrer, Director of ACIL Allen Consulting, called by Adani.

This is the beginning of the final week of evidence in the case. This week’s evidence will address economic impacts and climate change.

 

 

2:00PM, Friday 24 April 2015

 

The cross-examination of Rajesh Gupta, Group Financial Controller at Adani Mining, continued today until 1:00PM. Adani chose not to re-examine. The court is now closed for another week. Mr Gupta revealed for the first time that the planned Carmichael coal mine will fail to generate the $22billion royalties that Adani has consistently claimed, with the true figure around $7.8billion.

Next week Economist, Jerome Fahrer, Director of Major Consultancy ACIL Allen, called by Adani, will give evidence Monday, likely taking all day. This will be followed by evidence from prominent Economist Dr Richard Denniss Executive Director of The Australia Institute, called by our client, commencing late Monday afternoon or first thing Tuesday morning.

Wednesday morning, Dr Chris Taylor, called by Adani, and International climate expert Dr Malte Meinshausen, called by our client, are scheduled to give evidence. Dr Meinshausen will outline the carbon emissions from the proposed mine, as well as resulting impacts. Wednesday afternoon, Jon Stanford, called by Adani, will give evidence on climate change policy.

Finally, Thursday (possibly going into Friday), International Finance Expert Tim Buckley, Director of Energy Finance Studies, called by our client, will give a financial analysis of the proposed mine. Mr Buckley is an Independent Financial Investment Analyst with over twenty five years of experience in analysing major listed companies across a multitude of industries both within Australia and in the global context.

 

 
9:30AM, Friday 24 April 2015
 

Land Services of Coast and Country (LSCC) will this morning commence the cross-examination of Rajesh Gupta, Group Financial Controller at Adani Mining. Mr Gupta will give evidence on the development of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine financial modelling.

 

 

12:30PM, Thursday 23 April 2015

 

This afternoon lay witness Rajesh Gupta, Group Financial Controller at Adani Mining, is scheduled to give evidence in relation to the development of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine financial modelling.

 

 
9:30AM, Thursday 23 April 2015
 

This is Day 16 of the Adani Carmichael coal mine objection, by our client conservation group Land Services of Coast and Country (LSCC). This morning Mr Lindsay Agnew, called by our client, will be giving evidence in relation to the Black-throated Finch.

Mr Agnew is the Principal Ecologist and Director of Austecology Pty Ltd with over 19 years of professional project experience.

 

 
9:30AM, Wednesday 22 April 2015
 

This is Day 15 of the Adani Carmichael coal mine objection, by our client conservation group Land Services of Coast and Country (LSCC). Today Mr Adrian Caneris, called by Adani, will continue giving evidence in relation to the Black-throated Finch.

 

 
9:30AM, Tuesday 21 April 2015
 

This is Day 14 of the Adani Carmichael coal mine objection, by our client conservation group Land Services of Coast and Country (LSCC). Today Mr Bruce Wilson, called by Adani, and Dr Mike Olsen, called by our client, will again give evidence. This time in relation to the habitat of the endangered Black-throated Finch.

 

 
9:30AM, Monday 20 April 2015
 

Today is Day 13 of the Adani Carmichael coal mine objection, by our client conservation group Land Services of Coast and Country (LSCC). Today the Land Court of Queensland will hear evidence in relation to the impact of the mine on the vulnerable Waxy Cabbage Palm. Mr Bruce Wilson, called by Adani, will be under examination first. This will be followed by evidence from Dr Mike Olsen, called by our client. Dr Olsen has more than forty years experience in landscape assessment, particularly with regard to the native flora and fauna of Queensland.

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12:20PM, Friday 17 April 2015

Associate Professor Rod Fensham, UQ School of Biological Sciences, called by our client, has now taken the witness box. Dr Fensham will give evidence as to the possible impacts of the Adani Carmichael coal mine on the million year old Doongmabulla Springs. Living in theses springs are species that exist no where else in the world. Experts on both sides agree the springs have “exceptional ecological value”.

Our client is arguing that if the springs are fed from the same aquifer as the mine, they could be entirely destroyed by the mine. If the springs dry up because ground water disappears, the ecosystem which has potentially existed for millions of years, will also disappear.

 

 
9:30AM, Friday 17 April 2015
 

Today is Day 12 of the Adani Carmichael coal mine objection, by our client conservation group Land Services of Coast and Country (LSCC). Yesterday afternoon the court commenced evidence on spring ecology, with the examination-in-chief of Ecologist Bruce Wilson, called by Adani. This will continue this morning.

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9:30AM, Thursday 16 April 2015
 

Today is Day 11 of the Land Court objection to the Adani Carmichael coal mine, by our client conservation group Land Services of Coast and Country (LSCC).

The examination-in-chief of Dr Adrian Werner, called by our client, will continue this morning, followed by cross examination later today. Dr Werner is a Professor of Hydrogeology and is recognized internationally for his research on coastal aquifer hydrodynamics and surface-subsurface interaction.

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10:00AM, Wednesday 15 April 2015
 

Today is Day 10 of the Land Court objection to the Adani Carmichael coal mine, by our client conservation group Land Services of Coast and Country (LSCC), as the trial hits mid point.

Groundwater modeller, Dr Noel Merrick, will continue giving evidence this morning, followed by Dr Adrian Werner Professor of Hydrogeology.

 

 
9:00AM, Tuesday 14 April 2015
 

This is Day 9 of the Adani Carmichael coal mine objection. Today the Court will hear evidence from Dr Noel Merrick, Groundwater Modeller, Hydrogeologist and Geophysicist, called by Adani.

 

 
01:00PM, Monday 13 April 2015
 

Adani has just finished their cross-examination of Hydrogeologist, Dr John Webb. Barrister Saul Holt SC, who is representing Land Services of Coast and Country (LSCC) will commence re-examination after lunch.

 

 
10:15AM, Monday 13 April 2015
 

This is Day 8 of the Land Court objection  to the Adani Carmichael coal mine, by our client conservation group Land Services of Coast and Country (LSCC). Hydrogeologist, Associate Professor, Dr John Webb, will continue giving evidence today.

 

 
09:40AM, Monday 13 April 2015
 

The Adani  Carmichael coal mine objection will continue today at 10:00AM in the Land Court of Qld, Hearing room 17, Level 4, 363 George Street, Brisbane. 

 

 
1:45PM, Friday 10 April 2015
 

EDO Qld solicitors and volunteers take a well deserved break for lunch in between court sessions, with barristers, expert witnesses and client, Land Services of Coast and Country.

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10:15AM, Friday 10 April 2015
 

This is Day 7 of the Land Court objection by our client, conservation group Land Services of Coast and Country (LSCC), to the Adani Carmichael coal mine. The Hydrogeologist called by our client, Dr John Webb, has just taken the stand and is likely to take most of the day.

Dr Webb is an Associate Professor in Environmental Geoscience with 30 years experience in geology and 20 years experience in hydrogeology. Dr Webb has participated in over 40 consulting projects, and has been an invited member of three expert panels to assess groundwater and contaminated site management.

 

 
12:30PM, Thursday 09 April 2015
 

Today is Day 6 of the Land Court objection by our client, conservation group Land Services of Coast and Country (LSCC),  to the Adani Carmichael coal mine.

A confidential conference with experts takes place during today’s lunch break (in our secret temporary inner-city quarters).

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10:00AM, Thursday 09 April 2015
 

The cross-examination of John Bradley, expert in hydrogeology called by Adani, will continue today. Mr Bradley will give evidence concerning his assessment of groundwater systems and geology in the Galilee Basin, where the Carmichael Mine is proposed.

 

 
5:00PM, Wednesday 08 April 2015
 

This is Day 5 of the Land Court objection by our client, conservation group Land Services of Coast and Country (LSCC),  to the Adani Carmichael coal mine.

Today the Court heard evidence from the expert in hydrogeology called by Adani, Mr Bradley, largely concerning the source of the water for the Doongmabulla ‘Oasis’ Springs.  The springs are agreed to have exceptional ecological values and are federally listed as a Threatened Ecological Community.

Adani argue that the source for the springs is above the aquifers containing the coal measures to be mined, and separated by and impermeable layer of rock such that the dewatering of the coal seams during mining will have minimal effect on the springs.

In court Saul Holt SC, barrister for the conservation group (pictured below, centre), pressed Mr Bradley on his conclusions about the source of the springs, contending the conservation group will call a Hydrogeologist, Dr Webb, who will argue that the source springs could be the coal measures through fractures in the impermeable rock layer. Mr Bradley admitted that he hadn’t looked at seismic data for the area.

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5:00PM, Tuesday 07 April 2015
 

Today was Day 4 of the Land Court objection to the Adani Carmichael coal mine.

The court today heard evidence from Marine Scientist Professor Ove Hoegh Guldberg on how greenhouse gases produced from the burning of Carmichael mine coal and resulting climate change will impact the Great Barrier Reef.

A UN agreement between 200 countries dictates global warming should be kept under 2°C. That threshold would be reached after the emission of roughly 850 gigatonnes of Co2, Hoegh-Guldberg told the court.

The marine sciences professor said the Carmichael project could contribute 4.5 gigatonnes of emissions.

“We’re talking about 0.5% of the total emissions left … before we push the climate into a very dangerous state,” he said. “That’s an enormous amount of Co2 over the life of the mine.”

Last week Reef Dive Operator Tony Fontes provided evidence.

EDO Qld client, Derec Davies of Land Services of Coast and Country (LSCC), said the mine, which will be the third largest coal mine in the world, poses unacceptable risks to our climate and to our national treasure the Great Barrier Reef.

“Our case is that greenhouse gases emitted from the burning of coal from this mine will exacerbate climate impacts on the Great Barrier Reef including, coral bleaching events, significant loss of biodiversity, and ocean acidification resulting in the loss of precious corals,” said Davies.

“The Reef creates 64,000 jobs and provides $5-6 billion to the state’s economy, every year. The protection of the Reef should be Queensland’s number one priority.”

Jo Bragg, CEO of EDO Qld says the Land Court was charged with considering the costs and benefits of the proposed mine.

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12:00PM, Tuesday 07 April 2015
 

This morning, Jo-Anne Bragg met with lay witness Tony Fontes, Dive Operator on the Great Barrier Reef, and expert witness Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Professor of Marine Science, following the Professor’s evidence.

Jo also caught up with Cassie McMahon, from Land Services of Coast and Country (the client), and Kirsten Macey, from Queensland Conservation, on their way out of court.

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8:01AM Tuesday, 07 April 2015
 

Event Alert

What: Press conference about the threats to the Great Barrier Reef and climate change from the Carmichael coal mine

Where: Outside The Land Court of Queensland, 363 George ST Brisbane. Court 40

When: 11:15am Tuesday 7th April

Speakers: CEO of EDO QLD Jo-Anne Bragg, Dive Operator Tony Fontes, and Professor of Marine Sciences: Professor Ove Hoegh Guldberg.

 

 
8:00AM Tuesday, 07 April 2015
 

The Adani  Carmichael coal mine objection will continue today at 10:00AM in the Land Court of Qld, Hearing room 17, Level 4, 363 George Street, Brisbane. 

  

 
3:15PM, Thursday 02 April 2015
 

The return flight, from Doongmabulla Airstrip to Archerfield Airport, has just touched down.

 

 
12:00PM, Thursday 02 April 2015
 

The Court is currently on a 2-day site visit of the proposed Adani Carmichael coal mine. There is no mobile phone reception on site. In the meantime, why not check out Ten Eyewitness News coverage of the case:

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9:30AM, Thursday 02 April 2015
 

According to schedule, the Adani Carmichael coal mine site visit should be driving from Waxy Cabbage Palm area along the Carmichael River to Stories Spring of the Mellaluka Springs complex.

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8:00AM, Thursday 02 April 2015
 

The President of the Land Court and legal representatives of the parties will today continue the site visit of the proposed Adani Carmichael Mine coal mine. The purpose of this two-day visit is to help the Land Court President get an impression of the scale and nature of the site and allow the President to see first-hand the groundwater springs, threatened species and proposed mine site that will feature prominently in the evidence to be presented over the following four weeks of trial in Brisbane. Site visits are common practice in environmental cases.

Yesterday, the group visited the Doongmabulla Spring complex including the Joshua Springs and the Moses springs and lagoon. These springs have exceptional ecological values including species that exist no where else in the world. If the springs are fed from the same aquifer as the mine they could be entirely destroyed by the mine.

Today, the Court will view the home of the endangered Black-throated finch, threatened Waxy Cabbage Palm and the Mellaluka Springs. These are important to the case because they are each expected to be impacted by the mine should it proceed.

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4:30PM, Wednesday 01 April 2015
 

Today, EDO Qld Solictor Michael Berkman, Member MacDonald President of the Land Court of Queensland and Coast and Country barristers Saul Holt SC and Chris McGrath joined representatives of Adani and the Statutory Party at the proposed site of the Adani Carmichael coal mine.

While there is no mobile phone reception on site, if our calculations are correct, the team will have already been to Doongmabulla Springs, a group of permanent artesian fresh water springs listed on the Directory of Important Wetlands. Today the team was scheduled to visit four groups of springs, Joshua, Moses, Little Moses and Surprise. The Doongmabulla Springs have exceptional ecological value, including species that exist no where else in the world.

If the mine goes ahead, our client argues that there is a risk Springs will run dry. The Doongmabulla Springs have exceptional ecological value which would be totally lost if the springs run dry.

Right about now, the team should be driving back to Adani camp. Tomorrow the site inspection continues, with a visit to an area along the Carmichael River to view the vulnerable waxy cabbage palm, as well as Story and Mellaluka Springs.

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08:30AM, Wednesday 01 April 2015
 

The court is now heading to the proposed mine site, in the Galilee Basin, 160km north-west of Clermont, Central Qld. While on site the court will inspect the million year old Doongmabulla Springs (below). Our client argues that, if the mine goes ahead, the Springs are likely to be severely affected due to impacts on groundwater.

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6:30AM, Wednesday 01 April 2015
 

EDO Qld Solicitor Michael Berkman departs for today’s site visit.

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5:00PM, Tuesday 31 March 2015
 

The case will continue tomorrow at the proposed site of the mine, in the Galilee Basin, 160km north-west of Clermont, Central Queensland.

 

 
4:00PM, Tuesday 31 March 2015
 

EDO Qld is the legal representation for Land Services of Coast and Country (LSCC) in the Land Court objection to the Adani Carmichael coal mine.

Our client is arguing Adani’s proposed mine in the Galilee Basin in central Queensland is an unacceptable danger to climate change, groundwater, the Great Barrier Reef and the endangered Black-throated Finch.

Today the court in Brisbane has heard opening submissions from all parties.

Barrister Saul Holt SC, representing Coast and Country, said Australia’s economic benefit will not outweigh the environmental costs.

“The environmental harm it will cause, or is at risk of causing, will be correspondingly great,” Mr Holt said.

Mr Holt also stated that the future economic viability of thermal coal was uncertain and the estimated profits were “massively overstated”, considering the price of thermal coal has dropped “60 per cent recently”.

This case will put the spotlight on environmental and economic concerns, including the plight of the endangered Black-Throated Finch.

“If this mine goes ahead … there is a high likelihood of species-threatening harm to the world’s most significant population of the endangered Black-Throated Finch,” Mr Holt said.

“As an environmental issue and risk, it is of the first order and it will be treated as such.”

Mr Holt also added that the mine would have an effect on the threatened Waxy Cabbage Palm and may dry up the nearby Doongmabulla Springs, which might be over 1 million years old.

The following footage was admitted as evidence in today’s hearing: Moses 3 Lagoon, part of the Doongmabulla Springs Complex which may be severely affected by the mine due to impacts on groundwater.

 

 

09:58AM, Tuesday 31 March 2015

 

The Adani  Carmichael coal mine objection is about to commence.

 

 
9:50AM, Tuesday 31 March 2015
 

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EDO Qld CEO Jo-Anne Bragg and client, Derec Davies spokesperson for Coast and Country, talk to reporters as we commence the 5-week hearing.

 

 
9:15AM, Tuesday 31 March 2015
 

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EDO Qld Solicitors Sean Ryan and Juanita Williams arrive at the Land Court of Queensland with a team of brilliant law student volunteers.

 

 
9:00AM, Tuesday 31 March 2015
 

The Adani Carmichael coal mine objection will be commencing today at 10:00AM, Tue 31 March, in the Land Court of Qld, Hearing room 40, Magistrates Court Building, 363 George St, Brisbane.

 

 
4:25PM, Monday 30 March 2015
 

Environmental Defenders Office Queensland (EDO Qld) is proud to represent Land Services of Coast and Country (LSCC) in the objection to the Adani Carmichael Coal Mine in the Land Court of Queensland beginning Tuesday 31 March, 2015.

Coast and Country will be represented by the following EDO Qld lawyers as well as external barristers:

 

1 Sean Ryan, Senior Climate Litigation Solicitor

Sean has over ten years’ experience specialising in planning and environment law as well as degrees in both Law and Environmental Science and a Masters in Environmental Law from the University of Queensland. He is the Senior Climate Litigation Solicitor for EDO Qld and leads the organisations major cases for the Galilee Basin.

2 Michael Berkman, Climate Change Solicitor

Michael is a specialist planning and environment lawyer with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Science (Environment) from Griffith University. Michael worked in government and the private sector before joining EDO Qld and has spent a significant amount of time working on legal proceedings dealing with the impacts of the resources sector on climate change.

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Juanita Williams, Climate Change Solicitor

Juanita joined the EDO Qld team a year ago after gaining work experience in litigation cases with the organisation while she completed a Bachelor of Laws with 2nd class Honours from Southern Cross University in 2014