Adani Carmichael Mine.
Adani Carmichael Mine. Sam Panthaky

Adani’s history in India forms case against Carmichael Mine

EVIDENCE that mining giant Adani had previously breached environmental law in India will form part of an environmental group's legal fight against the approval of the company's mine in the Galilee Basin.

Environmental group Mackay Conservation Group will allege Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt did not take mining company Adani's environmental history into account when approving the Carmichael Mine.

MCG co-ordinator Ellen Roberts said Adani had an "appalling" environmental record in India and that documents showed the company seriously breached Indian law after it illegally cleared mangroves and destroyed tidal creeks at Mundra, the country's largest private port.

The group and the NSW Environmental Defender's Office launched a legal challenge in January this year against Mr Hunt for approving the proposed mine.

The legal challenge will be changed on Wednesday to include a claim that Mr Hunt failed to adequately consider evidence into Adani's history.

A spokesman from Mr Hunt's office said the minister made his decision in accordance with the requirements of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999.

But he could not comment further because matters were before the court.

Meanwhile, an Adani spokesman said projects were assessed according to the company's background in the Australia.

"The laws that govern environmental approvals in Australia are world's best practice," the spokesman said.

"The approvals process for the mine at Carmichael was the most stringent that has applied to a single site in the history of the Commonwealth's environmental approvals regime."

Ms Roberts said Adani's port in Mundra had been built without environmental approvals.

A document from Greenpeace, submitted in response to the Carmichael Mine environmental impact statement, listed other concerns including how the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry found the company had concealed and falsified material facts when applying for the site in Mundra.

"Adani want to operate one of the world's biggest coal mines, access billions of litres of water from the Great Artesian Basin, and manage a coal port in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area," Ms Roberts said.

The Adani spokesman said over nearly five years, the mine was assessed against strict standards and then approved with more conditions than any other site in Australia's history.

"...these assessments were undertaken by subject matter experts in adherence to robust environmental approval laws before the approvals were granted," he said.

The court case is listed for August in the Federal Court in Sydney.

- APN NEWSDESK


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