Adani Group is in fresh trouble over its coal mine projects in Australia after releasing discharge into the Caley Valley Wetlands from its Abbott Point coal terminal last month. The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) and the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) have called on the Queensland government, seeking the maximum penalty possible against the company.
Despite repeated attempts to reach it, the company did not respond by the time of going to press. According to a statement released by the environment protection bodies, Adani had sought and received a special license to release discharge into the wetlands to cope with Cyclone Debbie. However, Adani later admitted to the Queensland government that they breached conditions of this license and released discharge, whose pollution exceeded the permitted pollution discharge limit to the ocean by more than 800%, which is 26 times more than the containment limit that Adani is normally allowed to discharge under the existing Environmental Authority.
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The coal-laden water reportedly passed through a monitoring location called W2 at the terminal, which is located on the terminal’s northern marine side, which is adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area. In the detailed statement, ACF and AMCS claim that this incident shows that Adani cannot be trusted with coal infrastructure, and that the risk would be much greater with the Carmichael project.