Court action continues over Adani mine

ADANI'S Carmichael Mine is the subject of another legal dispute, with an environmental group questioning in court whether or not the Queensland Environment Department lawfully approved the Galilee Basin coal mine.

Environmental group Coast and Country have legal action against the Queensland Government and Adani and a one-day hearing as part of a judicial review was held at Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday.

Coast and Country spokesman Derec Davies said they believed the Queensland Government failed in its obligations under environmental protection laws and did not properly consider the breadth of issues when it approved the mine.

Environmental Defenders Office is representing Coast and Country and its solicitor Jo-Anne Bragg said the environment department did not implement a safety net.

"What we hope to achieve today in putting forward this legal argument... they will find the environmental authority issued to Adani invalid," Ms Bragg said.

An Adani statement issued on Friday said Queensland's strict environmental approvals process coupled with the Federal Government's rigorous environmental assessments, had been applied to the Carmichael Mine project.

The Adani statement said suggestions that the government erred in applying the legislation defied common sense.

"At the heart of this approach is their consistent attempt not to seek their day in court, but years in court," it said.

The statement also said the legal challenge was designed to delay the benefits of Adani's Carmichael mine that would flow to workers and communities in central and north Queensland.

But Ms Bragg said it was a legitimate court case questioning whether the department breached environmental laws.

The department did not issue a statement.

The court will hand down its decision at an unknown future date.

Last year, Coast and Country took the proposed Adani mine project to the Land Court. The Land Court handed down its judgment recommending the mining lease be granted, subject to conditions.

Ms Bragg said Friday's hearing was more specific than the previous Land Court hearing.

She said the previous case was merit review and including an analysis on several aspects of the project but Friday's judicial review was about a point of law. - ARM NEWSDESK


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