The Australian government on Monday approved the Adani Mining Pty Ltd's controversial A$16.5 billion ($15.5 billion) Carmichael coal and rail project in Queensland, which is likely to use the world heritage site as the transport passageway. According to the model, millions of tonns of seabed will have to be dumped in the reef to make way for the port to service the mine.
Lawley believes that the government's decision would be regretted soon. She said, according to a report by FirstBiz, she said:
"Woke up this morning to find out that our Environmental minister and the Abbott government have approved what will be the biggest mine of Australia 'Carmichael mine' will cover an area seven times that of Sydney Harbour. The only way to get coal out of Carmichael mine is via the Great Barrier Reef. Millions of tonnes of seabed will have to be dredged and dumped in the World Heritage Area to make way for port expansions to service this mega-mine."
She further added,"Minister Hunt knew the company behind the mine, Adani, had a dirty track record. In India, Adani has been investigated and fined for illegally building on villagers' land and destroying protected mangrove areas. An investigation by the Karnataka anti-corruption ombudsman exposed Adani Enterprises' active involvement in large-scale illegal exports of iron ore at its port, resulting in "huge" economic losses to the Government. Documents seized from Adani's offices revealed the company was paying cash bribes to port officials, customs, police and local pollies in exchange for "undue favour for illegal exports."
The mine, which could be Australia's largest coal mine at 60 million tonnes a year, has drawn the ire of green groups and environmentalists who are worried about carbon pollution and export of the coal from a port near the Great Barrier Reef.