Not everyone is happy about the Adani Project sign off

NOT everyone is happy about the Adani Project approval announcement on the weekend.

The Environmental Defenders Office Queenlsand says the approval is a blow to the health of the Great Barrier Reef.

EDO Qld 's CEO and solicitor Jo Bragg says the approval shows a poorly reasoned commitment to coal over coral. 

"The project's Federal approval is still under challenge by Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) in the Federal Court, represented by EDO Qld," she said.

"Queensland Mining Minister Lynham's decision is disappointing given the increased environmental risks and dramatically reduced economic benefits from the mine uncovered during last year's Land Court hearing.

"The same court found Adani overstated elements of the benefit of the mine in its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), including by estimating Queensland jobs generated as 10,000 rather than 1,206 (1,464 net jobs Australia wide)[1].

"A mining lease is the tenure document to enable Adani to extract the mineral coal and follows the State Government's approval of the project's environmental authority (EA) earlier this year.

"It is disappointing that the State Government has granted ML and EA approval despite these revelations from the Land Court. Right now we are seeing horrific images of mass coral bleaching coming out of  the Northern Great Barrier Reef. Leading coral scientists, such as Professor Terry Hughes, are identifying climate change as the cause of this mass devastation.

"We know Australian coal burnt overseas is a significant contributor to coral bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef, so how can the State Government claim it is protecting the Great Barrier Reef and associated tourism and other jobs on one hand and do this with the other?

"Australia has an international obligation to do all it can to protect the Great Barrier Reef. The lawfulness of the federal approval of this project, which was re-issued by the Environment Minister on 14 October 2015, is currently being questioned by our client ACF  in the Federal Court."

Due to start early May, ACF's challenge includes whether the Federal Environment Minister had sufficient regard to the protection of the Great Barrier Reef required by international convention.

EDO Qld says it will be closely scrutinising the State Government's approval of the ML.