Nature & the Reef

ACF appeal of Federal Court Adani Carmichael decision

25 August, 2017

ACF disputed the Environment Minister’s argument in court that the burning of coal from Carmichael mine will not have an impact on global warming and the Great Barrier Reef. The appeal was heard on 3 March 2017. On 25 August 2017 the Federal Court dismissed the appeal.

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Energy & Climate

Kevin's Corner coal mine Land Court challenge

04 July, 2017

Case Summary: EDO Qld represented Coast and Country Association of Queensland Inc (CCAQ) in their objection to the approval of the Mining Lease (ML) and Environmental Authority (EA) for the Kevin's Corner coal mine, situated in the Galilee Basin in the catchment of the Burdekin River (which flows into wetlands and the Reef). Objections centred upon impacts to groundwater, economics and the public interest. 

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Abbot Pt Port expansion Supreme Court EA judicial review

15 June, 2017

EDO Qld represented Whitsunday Residents Against Dumping (WRAD) in an application to the Queensland Supreme Court for judicial review of the Queensland Government’s decision to grant an Environmental Authority (EA) for Adani’s Abbot Point T0 port expansion. The case was about whether the project was properly assessed, as required by law, before it was granted a green light.

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Energy & Climate

Adani Carmichael Supreme Court EA Judicial Review

25 November, 2016

EDO Qld represented Land Services of Coast and Country in an application in the Queensland Supreme Court for judicial review of the Queensland Government’s decision to grant the Adani Carmichael Coal Mine an Environmental Authority (EA). Our client’s case was that there was a failure to comply with section 5 of the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Qld).

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ACF Federal Court Adani Carmichael judicial review

29 August, 2016

On behalf of Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), EDO Qld sought an independent judicial review of the legality of Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s re-approval of Adani Carmichael coal mine project. The case was about whether the minister correctly applied the law when considering the impacts of the project on the Great Barrier Reef.

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Energy & Climate

Adani Carmichael coal mine Land Court objection

15 December, 2015

EDO Qld represented Land Services of Coast and Country Inc. in the Land Court objection to the grant of a Mining Lease (ML) and Environmental Authority (EA) for the Adani Carmichael coal project. On behalf of our client, we sought a clear recommendation that the project should not proceed due to groundwater, climate, ecological and economic impacts.

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Great Barrier Reef dredging case

30 November, 2015

EDO Qld acted for Mackay Conservation Group (MCG) in their Federal Court challenge to Environment Minister Greg Hunt's approval of the North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation's (NQBP) application to undertake a program of dredging and dumping near Abbot Point to facilitate development of three new proposed port terminals: Terminal 0, Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. MCG claimed there were a number of alleged errors of law in Minister Hunt’s approval.

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Energy & Climate

Alpha coal mine Supreme Court judicial review

04 September, 2015

EDO Qld represented Coast and Country Association of Queensland Inc (CCAQ) who sought judicial review in the Queensland Supreme Court of the 8 April 2014 Alpha coal mine Land Court decision based on the grounds that the law does not allow the Land Court to recommend both refusal and approval with conditions and the law requires the indirect environmental harm, in the form of climate change impacts from the transport and use of the coal, to be considered. 

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