Morrison Government fines Adani Mining for illegal clearing risking extinction of threatened species
Adani Mining has been fined $25,920 for illegally clearing habitat of threatened species by the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. Adani’s coal project risks the habitat of the endangered Black-Throated Finch, Yakka Skink, Ornamental Snake, Squatter Pigeon, Brigalow trees and more.
Adani breached Federal approval conditions under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act for failing to do required environment surveys before destroying habitat, and failed to revise the Species Management Plan as required. These surveys were also required for Queensland approval conditions, that may also have been breached.
Manjot Kaur, Stop Adani Spokesperson and former School Striker says, “Expert scientists said Adani's dodgy plans for endangered species would drive them to extinction - now Adani are breaching their own dodgy plans.
“Adani has broken Australian laws again and cannot be trusted to protect threatened species or precious water. Earlier this year, Adani was found guilty of lying about land clearing to the Queensland Government.
“The Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley should order an independent audit of Adani’s activities in order to determine what other breaches have occurred, and consider revoking Adani’s federal approvals in order to protect Australia’s threatened species. We need to hold Adani accountable for breaking environmental laws.
“Right now, the State Bank of India is considering loaning Adani almost AUD$1 billion to dig the Carmichael mine and build the rail line to the Galilee Basin. The State Bank of India should not be funding a company with a long track record of breaking Australian and Indian laws. This is not a good investment for the State Bank or for our future.”
Sheena Gillman, spokesperson for Protect The Bush Alliance said “We are losing species across Queensland due to climate impacts, drought and loss of habitat for mining.
“Adani's illegal activity is shocking and proves they cannot be trusted. Governments must stringently enforce conditions placed on these large mining developments, or we will witness the demise of many species and the extinction of Black-throated Finch, which has already lost 88% of its habitat.
“The remaining 12% of Black-throated Finch habitat was in the Galilee Basin, right where Adani has been illegally clearing land for the Carmichael Mine. We need to stop Adani's coal mine from killing more wildlife and destroying more habitat before it is too late. Extinction is forever and Australians don’t want to see more species become extinct on our watch.”
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Recent blasting of Adani mine site