Adani has welcomed the Federal Court’s decision to dismiss Australian Conservation Foundation’s (ACF) efforts to prevent the development of the Carmichael mine.
The company said attempts by activists to delay the project “have been about stopping investment and jobs as part of a wider activist campaign against mining”.
They also said a recent PwC report found the delays cost the state economy around $3 billion and more than 1600 jobs annually over the first ten years of the intended projects.
“As has been consistently pointed out, these projects will supply better quality coal for increased thermal coal demand, in conjunction with significantly increased solar demand, in a growing Indian economy that will lift hundreds of millions of people out of energy poverty,” they said.
They added that over six years, there have been several approvals processes and more than ten appeals and judicial processes instigated by activists.
“There can be no question that there has been more than ample opportunity for consultation, input and appeal and for activists to have their say,” they said.
“Clearly, the time has come for the will of communities who are crying out for these projects to proceed to have their voices heard.”
This latest court action comes after the court dismissed a native title decision against the mine, led by Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) member Adrian Burragubba. He claimed the native title system was “unfairly restrictive” for Indigenous groups and disregarded their decisions, further claiming that Adani had misrepresented the economic benefits to the mine.
If all the issues are resolved, construction of the mine will commence next year.
However, the ACF said they will not give up in their plight to combat the mine’s development, despite the court’s decision.
“If the Carmichael mine proceeds its coal will create 4.7 billion tonnes of climate pollution over the proposed life of the mine, wiping out Australia’s efforts to reduce pollution and contributing to more frequent and severe bleaching events on the [Great Barrier] reef,” ACF CEO Kelly O’Shanassy said.
They are also calling on environment and energy minister Josh Frydenberg to reconsider the approval of the mine.
“We are not giving up,” O’Shannassy said, “We’ll do everything we can to stop this mine.”