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QRC reacts to Carmichael legal challenge

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The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has criticised the latest legal challenge to Adani’s Carmichael coal project and called for the reform of Queensland’s approvals process.

“We could almost hear an audible groan from regional Queenslanders today when they heard that Adani is facing yet another legal roadblock after already having been the subject of multiple legal actions,” said QRC Acting Chief Executive, Greg Lane, in a statement.

The legal challenge by the Wangan and Jagalingou Family Council in the Federal Court of Australia is the latest in a string of legal challenges to the project and comes after the Queensland government said it would approve the mining permits for the Galilee Basin coal mine.

“Anti-coal groups were already calling for donations to fund an appeal well before they had calculated on what legal grounds they could do so,” continued Lane. “Therefore, it comes as no surprise to us that within a week an appeal is being lodged.”

In response, the QRC has repeated its call on the Queensland state government to overhaul the approvals system to ensure that projects are no longer subject to “onerous delays that are holding up job-creating project”.

The Carmichael project would see the construction of a huge 60 million tpy coal mine with associated rail and port infrastructure. The mine would project thermal coal for export.

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