It Has Taken a Costly Legal Battle and Time This Region Cannot Afford to Show Federal Approval of Carmichael Mine Was Flawed. It's a Win for the Environment, an Embarrassment for the Government but for Those of Us Counting on Jobs, It's Just a Setback for Adani

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It Has Taken a Costly Legal Battle and Time This Region Cannot Afford to Show Federal Approval of Carmichael Mine Was Flawed. It's a Win for the Environment, an Embarrassment for the Government but for Those of Us Counting on Jobs, It's Just a Setback for Adani


Louise Starkey

and Pamela Frost

news@dailymercury.com.au

THERE is a snake and a skink sitting pretty in the Galilee Basin today, blissfully unaware of the trouble they have caused.

What is being lauded as a landmark victory for the environment might have cost the Mackay region billions of dollars in investment and 9000 new jobs.

Yesterday's court ruling has set aside the Carmichael mine's approval after it was found Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt did not properly consider how the mine would impact the vulnerable Ornamental snake and Yakka skink.

The Queensland Resource Council chief executive Michael Roche described the situation as a "preposterous technical administrative hitch".

Mackay Conservation Group spear-headed the legal fight.

MCG's Ellen Roberts said she was happy about the win, but disappointed.

"We're really concerned that it has taken a legal action by a community group to show up the flaws of the process, to show the fact that Australia's environmental laws aren't being followed by Greg Hunt," she said.

Adani said in a statement the Federal Environment Department caused the "technical legal error" and that there were conditions to manage the protection of the skink and snake in the approval. …

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