Adani’s Carmichael mine would be a disaster for communities and a death sentence for the Great Barrier Reef

Press release - 5 June, 2017

June 6, 2017: Greenpeace Australia Pacific has condemned today’s announcement by the Adani board about the Carmichael mine as an “empty PR stunt” for a toxic project which is unable to go ahead without billions of dollars in public money.

The mining giant’s chairman today gave his final investment approval for the multi-billion dollar Carmichael mine in central Queensland’s Galilee Basin.
The company are yet to confirm financing or if a billion dollar loan from the Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility to fund the rail line between the proposed mine and the Abbot Point coal terminal has been granted.
“This mine will be a disaster for the climate, the Great Barrier Reef and frontline communities in Queensland and around the world,” Greenpeace Climate and Energy Campaigner, Nikola Casule, said.
“This toxic mega-mine is deeply unpopular with the Australian people and is not viable without massive handouts of public money through subsidies or loans from the NAIF and Queensland government.
“Any public assistance to the mine is a betrayal of the Australian public and the things they hold dear, like a healthy Reef and support for public services that lose out when billions of dollars are given to Adani instead of to schools and hospitals.
“Greenpeace are calling for state and federal governments to rule out any public funds being granted to this environmentally destructive and economically disastrous project once and for all.
“The people of Australia have overwhelmingly rejected this toxic project. The age of coal is dead and we need real leadership to ensure a just transition away from fossil fuels for the Australian community.”
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