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Experts to build case against Carmichael coal mine

Experts to build case against Adani's proposed Carmichael mine.
Experts to build case against Adani's proposed Carmichael mine. Sam Panthaky

DOZENS of experts are expected to prepare a joint report in the objection to the Carmichael coal mine.

Brisbane-based environmental group Coast and Country and Indian activist group Conservation Action Trust have objected in the Brisbane Land Court to the proposed Galilee Basin mine's approval.

It is the first time a foreign organisation has objected to a Queensland mine in court.

CAT spokesman Debi Goenka said the coal burnt from Carmichael in India would increase air pollution.

"We are objecting to this mine because most of the coal extracted from this mine would be burnt in India, adding to our air pollution, and killing several thousands of people as a result of this coal burning," he said.

"The second reason is to show the Australian court the past track record of the Adani's when it comes to observing environmental regulations. The Adani's environmental track record in India has been disastrous."

Adani states the mine has been justified through the Queensland Government approval process.

Adani lawyer Peter Ambrose said Adani's evidence was spelt out in the environmental impact statement.

Coast and Country barrister Saul Holt expected dozens of experts would examine the site's ecology and ground water.

The court is set to visit the proposed mine site over two days although the date of the visit was not determined at court.

In a statement released on Thursday Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche said Friends of the Earth operated Coast and Country and dubbed them "serial Land Court litigants".

Despite this, the court heard there had been strong co-operation between lawyers for Adani and Coast and Country and CAT.

The matter will be mentioned again on October 20.

Topics:  adani business carmichael coal



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