The Queensland government has issued controversial licenses that allow the development of Australia’s largest coal mine. The three licences would permit the Indian-based mining company Adani to extract coal from the planned Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin at the heart of the state. The major issues being raised regarding this project are:

1. As part of the plan, which would see huge exports of coal to India, the port at Abbot Point adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef would be expanded to accommodate the extra traffic. This would potentially release plumes of soil and debris over the reef, causing damage to its ecosystem.

2. Mining and the eventual burning of this coal will generate huge amounts of carbon dioxide that will accelerate global warming and affect the health of the reef.

3. Federal level approval for the mine is inconsistent with Australia’s international obligations to protect the World Heritage-listed Barrier Reef.

"Australia cannot have a healthy Great Barrier Reef and an expanding coal industry. Burning fossil fuels is changing our climate and warming our oceans, which in turn is bleaching and killing coral in record numbers.." - Graeme Kelleher

 
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Anger as coal mine that could damage Great Barrier Reef approved

NEW SCIENTIST, APR 5 2016

Issued on Sunday by Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, the three licences would permit the Indian-based mining company Adani to extract coal from the planned Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin at the heart of the state.

As part of the plan, which would see huge exports of coal to India, the port at Abbot Point adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef would be expanded to accommodate the extra traffic. This would potentially release plumes of soil and debris over the reef, causing damage to its ecosystem.

 

 

Australia Is Letting the Great Barrier Reef Die Over a Lot of Coal

MOTHERBOARD, APR 6 2016

If there was one thing Australia could’ve done to save the Great Barrier Reef, it would’ve been to block the development of the country’s largest coal mine, which its state government approved with resounding confidence this week.

The Great Barrier Reef, true to its name, is the most expansive reef ecosystem in the world. It’s the largest living organism on the entire planet, and is so big we can actually see it from outer space. Remember the Seven Natural Wonders of the World? It’s one of those, too.

 

 
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Former Great Barrier Reef marine park head calls for ban on new coalmines

THE GUARDIAN, NOV 20 2016

The former head of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has called for a ban on all new coalmines in Australia, saying the move is needed to protect the Great Barrier Reef from climate change.

“I love the reef and I have worked to preserve it since 1979; I will oppose anything that threatens to destroy it,” said Graeme Kelleher, who was the first chief executive of GBRMPA, a position he held for 16 years. “The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the world.”

 

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Adani's Carmichael coalmine doesn't meet infrastructure fund criteria, says Greenpeace

THE GUARDIAN, DEC 21 2016

... Greenpeace points out there are considerable costs to the public. The associated port expansion would result in dredging inside the Great Barrier Reef world heritage area; coalmining and transportation will impact on the health of nearby populations; the mining would use billions of litres of local groundwater each year; and the cost of mine rehabilitation is at risk of being left to the public purse.