Robs Our Water

Water is our most precious resource. Yet the Queensland government has given Adani special access to water for its mine, much to the outrage of farmers and rural communities.  

With Queensland reeling from drought, made worse by climate change, the government has granted Adani a water licence allowing them to take unlimited groundwater, for 60 years, for free.

The project risks water resources - rivers, ancient springs, and aquifers of the Great Artesian Basin (GAB) adjoining the mine - which are all vital in times of drought.

Adani's mine will:

  • Suck out at least 270 billion litres of groundwater over the life of the mine
  • Risk damaging aquifers of the Great Artesian Basin
  • Dump polluted wastewater into the Carmichael River
  • Threaten the Doongmabulla and Mellaluka ancient springs - 160 wetlands that provide permanent water during drought. The Doongmabulla springs are one of the last pristine desert oases in the world and the most important cultural site for the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners.
  • Leave behind 6 unfilled coal pits that will drain millions of litres of groundwater forever.

Adani don’t yet have all the water approvals they need:

The nine coal mines proposed in the Galilee Basin create a real risk that the already drought-ravaged state of Queensland will have less water for farmers. Once this water is gone it cannot be restored.

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