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Carmichael - located in Queensland's unexploited Galilee Basin and proposed by Indian conglomerate Adani - would take the crown of Australia's biggest and baddest coal mine and be one of the largest single mines in the world. It would double the size of Australia's biggest existing coal mine - 60 million tonnes of coal per year at full capacity. It is planned to operate for 90 years, several decades longer than an average coal mine. The plan also involves hundreds of kilometres of new railway tracks and new coal port terminals that threaten the Great Barrier Reef. It is estimated to cost AUD16.5 billion.

The extent and intensity of the impacts associated with this project would be profound. And yet, the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is riddled with holes and errors. This raises serious questions about whether the current approvals system is adequately equipped to protect people and the environment from developments that are just too damaging.


brief history

2010 - Adani Enterprises purchased the Galilee coal tenement Exploration Permit for Coal (EPC) 1690 from Linc Energy Ltd, an Australian Stock Exchange (ASX)-listed fossil fuel development company. It purchased an EPC 1080 from Mineralogy Pty Ltd for AUD25 million a year later. Adani Enterprises paid Linc Energy AUD500 million in cash, plus agreed to provide a AUD2/tonne coal royalty, indexed to inflation, on all production for the first twenty years.

2012 - The coal deposit lease is primarily under the Moray Downs cattle station, 160 km north-west of the town of Clermont in central Queensland. Adani Enterprises acquired this rural property for a reported AUD110 million in February 2012.


what must happen

Banks and other financial institutions should declare their intention to avoid investing in the Carmichael Coal Project.


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Julien Vincent, Lead Campaigner, Market Forces

Yann Louvel, Climate and Energy Campaign Coordinator, BankTrack


working partners

Tim Buckley, Director of Energy Finance Studies, Australasia, Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

Muriel Moody Korol, Senior Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law, Washington, USA


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social impact

A report published by IEEFA in May 2014 has shown that coal exported to India from the Galilee Basin in Australia would need a wholesale electricity price, double India's current level, to be viable, categorically discrediting the argument that it might alleviate India's energy poverty.


environment

The mine will cover a whopping 44,700 hectare. Over 10,000 hectare of bushland will be wiped out, much of it home to threatened species. Ten billion litres of water will be sucked up from the surrounding environment and up to 128 million tonnes of CO2 per year would be released from burning the coal, more than the combined fossil fuel emissions of Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Adani already owns one huge coal terminal at Abbot Point in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and is proposing two more.

When surveying the site for the EIS, consultants for Adani sighted the endangered Black-throated finch (southern) 89 times. The company plans to clear around 10,000 hectares of important habitat for the species.

The mine will also cause drawdown of groundwater at a Great Artesian Basin discharge spring wetland called Doongmabulla Springs. The springs host endemic and threatened plant species, but these have not been assessed as part of the mine’s EIS. For one threatened plant at least, Doongmabulla Springs provides habitat critical to its survival.

The assessment also fails to analyse the impact of dramatic levels of groundwater drawdown on groundwater-dependent species and communities in the surrounding area, including gorgeous River Red Gums along the banks of the Carmichael, which are Koala habitat. The EIS states that the company expects the mine to cause 30 metre drawdown of groundwater at its greatest impact, resulting in a seven percent reduction in flow of the Carmichael River, and death of downstream vegetation.


other issues

Adani has a history of breaking the rules and causing environmental destruction. Adani’s flagship project Mundra, the largest private port in India, is a textbook case of how to flaunt environmental regulations. Adani deliberately concealed and falsified material facts when applying for part of the development. Construction began illegally and officials found multiple violations of the development approval including mass clearing of mangroves which have been the subject of several court cases. Aside from the Mundra port, Adani was investigated by an anti-corruption ombudsman who found evidence of bribery and theft in the export of iron ore and has been the proponent of other environmentally destructive projects.

The Carmichael project is uneconomic: it is a high cost coal product in a low priced coal market with an uncertain future. Carmichael coal has a low quality, but the cost structure is likely to remain above the global thermal coal price for the foreseeable future.

 

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mining - coal , transport and infrastructure

banktrack contact

Julien Vincent, Lead Campaigner, Market Forces

Yann Louvel, Climate and Energy Campaign Coordinator, BankTrack


working partners

Tim Buckley, Director of Energy Finance Studies, Australasia, Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

Muriel Moody Korol, Senior Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law, Washington, USA


member groups involved


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Feb 04, 2016, Adani freezes investment in Carmichael mine until world coal price recovers

According The Guardian: Adani has frozen its investment in Australia's largest proposed coalmine until world coal prices show a clear recovery, its executives have indicated in stock analyst briefings in India. The briefings even gave rise to speculation that Adani Enterprises, which has previously flagged spending USD4.1 billion on the Carmichael mine in north Queensland, might abandon its plans for the mine altogether amid a huge move by the company into solar energy.

Feb 03, 2016, Adani's Carmichael coal mine gains final Queensland Government environmental approval

Adani's Carmichael coal mine has received its final environmental approval from the Queensland Government, but will still need a mining lease before it proceeds, according to abc.net.au.

Oct 16, 2015, Four reasons why the Carmichael coal mine still might not go ahead

According the Greenpeace's Energydesk: Indian mining giant Adani's controversial Carmichael coal mine has received a "re-approval" from the Australian government. Environment minister Greg Hunt attached 36 conditions, described as the "toughest in the country's history", to the approval in an attempt to address environmental concerns around vulnerable species and groundwater usage.

Jul 24, 2014, Green light from federal government

The Australian environment minister, Greg Hunt, has approved a AUD16.5 billion resources project that will lead to the creation of the largest coal mine in Australia, and one of the largest in the world. Hunt has imposed 36 conditions, primarily aimed at protecting groundwater, on the Carmichael coal mine and rail project, which will dig up and transport about 60 million tonnes of coal a year for export.

Nov 22, 2013, Queensland’s Coordinator-General is inviting State agencies and the community to provide further comment

Queensland’s Coordinator-General is inviting State agencies and the community to provide further comment on the proposed AUD16.5 billion Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail project north-west of Clermont. Read more here.

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mining - coal , transport and infrastructure

banktrack contact

Julien Vincent, Lead Campaigner, Market Forces

Yann Louvel, Climate and Energy Campaign Coordinator, BankTrack


working partners

Tim Buckley, Director of Energy Finance Studies, Australasia, Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

Muriel Moody Korol, Senior Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law, Washington, USA


member groups involved


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This project is not yet fully funded, and is a no go for banks. It is closely tracked by BankTrack.
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banktrack contact

Julien Vincent, Lead Campaigner, Market Forces

Yann Louvel, Climate and Energy Campaign Coordinator, BankTrack


working partners

Tim Buckley, Director of Energy Finance Studies, Australasia, Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

Muriel Moody Korol, Senior Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law, Washington, USA


member groups involved


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banktrack contact

Julien Vincent, Lead Campaigner, Market Forces

Yann Louvel, Climate and Energy Campaign Coordinator, BankTrack


working partners

Tim Buckley, Director of Energy Finance Studies, Australasia, Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

Muriel Moody Korol, Senior Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law, Washington, USA


member groups involved


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The following companies are involved in Carmichael coal mine project:

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mining - coal , transport and infrastructure

banktrack contact

Julien Vincent, Lead Campaigner, Market Forces

Yann Louvel, Climate and Energy Campaign Coordinator, BankTrack


working partners

Tim Buckley, Director of Energy Finance Studies, Australasia, Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

Muriel Moody Korol, Senior Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law, Washington, USA


member groups involved


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last update: Sep 06, 2016

sectors
mining - coal , transport and infrastructure

banktrack contact

Julien Vincent, Lead Campaigner, Market Forces

Yann Louvel, Climate and Energy Campaign Coordinator, BankTrack


working partners

Tim Buckley, Director of Energy Finance Studies, Australasia, Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

Muriel Moody Korol, Senior Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law, Washington, USA


member groups involved


share this dodgy deal
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last update: Sep 06, 2016

sectors
mining - coal , transport and infrastructure

banktrack contact

Julien Vincent, Lead Campaigner, Market Forces

Yann Louvel, Climate and Energy Campaign Coordinator, BankTrack


working partners

Tim Buckley, Director of Energy Finance Studies, Australasia, Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

Muriel Moody Korol, Senior Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law, Washington, USA


member groups involved


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last update: Sep 06, 2016

sectors
mining - coal , transport and infrastructure

banktrack contact

Julien Vincent, Lead Campaigner, Market Forces

Yann Louvel, Climate and Energy Campaign Coordinator, BankTrack


working partners

Tim Buckley, Director of Energy Finance Studies, Australasia, Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

Muriel Moody Korol, Senior Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law, Washington, USA


member groups involved


share this dodgy deal
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