25 May, 2021
Federal Court agrees lack of assessment on Adani water pipeline scheme an error of law
Mackay Conservation Group has welcomed news today that the Federal Court has agreed that the Morrison Government made an error of law when it decided not to apply the ‘water trigger’ to the assessment of Adani’s North Galilee Water Scheme (NGWS).
Under Federal regulations, coal
projects that extract a significant amount of water are required to
submit a rigorous environmental impact statement.
This water trigger
was not originally applied to Adani’s Water Scheme.
Sunny Hungerford, Campaign Manager at Mackay Conservation Group says:
“Today’s decision is a victory for
Queensland’s water and the people and ecosystems that depend on it. In
the Government’s rush to approve Adani’s plan to pipe 12.5 Billion
litres from the Suttor River each year, they failed to apply proper
scrutiny, and failed to properly consider the negative impacts that
such a risky water plan could have on surrounding ecosystems, sacred
sites, farmers and even towns.
While Queensland’s farmers have
battled one of the worst droughts in decades Adani should not be
allowed to drain 12.5 billion litres of river water each year just to
wash coal and suppress dust at their coal mine.
Adani’s coal project is having
devastating impacts on Queensland’s water from sucking up precious
groundwater that feed ancient springs and wetlands, failing to manage
erosion and polluting waterways with sediment.
Today’s court decision
proves that additional scrutiny and assessment of Adani’s impacts on
water is needed.
This is also a win for people
Over the last few years, hundreds of concerned Mackay
Conservation Group (MCG) supporters have contacted the Federal
Environment Minister Susan Ley to ask her to urgently review Adani’s
application to extract 12.5 Billion litres of water per year from the
Queenslanders know how precious our water is, and expect serious scrutiny of major water consumption.