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Australian government re-approves Carmichael coal mine

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The Australian federal government has re-approved the Carmichael coal mine in Queensland, following a ruling two months ago by the Federal Court to revoke the original approval.

But Greg Hunt, the Environment Minister, said the project would be subject to “36 of the strictest conditions in Australian history.” The minister also said that he would suspend or revoke the approval if there was a breach of the conditions.

“The decision by the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Greg Hunt, to approve the Carmichael coal mine and rail infrastructure project is good news for Queensland jobs, economic activity and tens of millions of people living without energy in India,” said Greg Evans, Executive Director – Coal at the Minerals Council of Australia.

“The Carmichael Coal Mine will deliver many benefits for the local region and the broader Australian economy through the creation of thousands of jobs, investment in regional infrastructure and the payment of taxes and royalties that go towards funding public services like hospitals and schools,” Evans concluded.

The Carmichal project includes the development of Australia’s largest coal mine with associated infrastructure links to a new export terminal at Abbott Point. The cost of the project is estimated to be around AUS$16 billion.

Edited by .Sources: ABC; BBC; Guardian.

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