Thursday, 6 April 2017

Adani's Carmichael coal mine gets 60-year water licence

Adani Australia's controversial $21 billion Carmichael coal mine has been granted an unlimited 60-year water licence, in a move slammed by environmental and legal groups.

The associated water licence, signed by a Queensland government representative the day after Cyclone Debbie tore through the state's north, allows Adani Mining to take water from or near the Betts Creek formation when removing or draining water from the mine, the Guardian reported.

The licence acknowledges this will "have an impact on the underground water levels in the region of the mine" both during and after the planned coal mine's years of operation.


"Adani can confirm another milestone in the approval process for the Carmichael Mine, and here is some more information from the Department of Natural Resources and Mines.

"The Department of Natural Resources and Mines has granted an associated water licence to allow the safe operation of the mine. The modelling assessed by the department shows that up to 4.55 GL of groundwater could be taken per year.

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