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Federal Court rejects legal argument Adani Carmichael approval invalid

25 August, 2017

The Federal Court has today rejected legal arguments that Federal environmental approval of the mine was invalid. Today is a disappointing day for people concerned about the Great Barrier Reef and the impacts of this mine, but it is not the end.

The Federal Court has today rejected legal arguments that Federal environmental approval of the mine was invalid. (Read the full judgment).

On behalf of ACF, we argued the approval of the mine was contrary to obligations to consider the climate change impacts of the mine on the Great Barrier Reef under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiverstiy Conservation Act 1999. Unfortunately, the Federal Court did not agree.

Today is a disappointing day for people concerned about the Great Barrier Reef and the impacts of this mine, including the 4.7 billion tonnes of carbon pollution that would result from the burning of its coal. But it is not the end.

Our legal staff here at EDO Qld were proud to represent the Australia Conservation Foundation in this case.

Public interest challenges like this, and the recent win for farmers against New Acland Coal, where people stand up to see the law is enforced are just so important to hold industry and government to account.

Don’t forget it was the Adani Land Court case that exposed additional risks to the endangered Black-throated Finch and sacred Doongmabulla Springs and found the economic benefits Adani asserted in its EIS to be overstated.

Thank you to the wonderful supporters of EDO Qld, to our barristers Mr Saul Holt QC, Mr Emrys Nekvapil and Dr Chris McGrath and to the Australia Conservation Foundation.

Please make a donation to EDO Qld today so that we can continue to run these urgent climate change and Reef protection cases.

 

Environmental Defenders Office Queensland (EDO Qld) gives a strong legal voice to the environment when needed most.

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