The North Galilee Water Scheme – a candidate for the water trigger?
The North Galilee Water Scheme (NGWS) is Adani’s plan to pump up to 12 billion litres of water a year from the Suttor River to the company’s Carmichael mine site, where it would be used for a variety of purposes including washing coal.
In September, the Federal Environment Minister decided the project did not need to undergo assessment for its impact on water resources under the water trigger provisions of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
In this case, EDO Qld will argue that the Minister made an error of law in her failure to apply the ‘water trigger’ under the EPBC Act.
Because of this the impact of this massive project on our water resources will not be federally assessed, and EDO Qld considers that to be unlawful.
We will be arguing the Minister’s decision needs to be examined by the Court, and ultimately overturned.
If this challenge is successful, the Minister will need to go back to the drawing board and require assessment of the impacts of this project on our water resources.
Standing up for our water, standing up for the community
Huge parts of the country are currently in the middle of a crippling drought. It’s crucial that any proposal that may affect our water resources is properly examined.
The sheer scale of this project makes it vitally important we get the process right, and have a thorough assessment of the project’s impact on our precious water resources.
Not only this, the community has a legitimate interest in seeing that big mining corporations like Adani comply with the law, and that they get the same treatment under the law as everybody else.
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