Adani has declared it’s full steam ahead for its controversial mega coal mine after the Queensland government issued the final approval needed to begin construction.
Queensland’s environment department has signed off on the plan to manage groundwater on and around Adani’s Galilee Basin mine site.
Adani chief executive Lucas Dow was “really excited” they could now begin the two-year construction period for the mine and rail.
“You could be thinking from today, in two years’ time, people should be expecting we have exported our first piece of coal,” he told reporters in Brisbane.
While Adani can now construct the mine, it still faces more state and federal hurdles before it can actually dig out the coal.
They include securing a licence to build and operate a rail line and a royalties agreement with the state government.
The company needs federal approval for its plan to better understand groundwater use impact…
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