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Queensland Supreme Court dismisses Adani activist claims

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World Coal,

On 25 November 2016, the Supreme Court of Queensland has dismissed court claims from green activists against the Adani Carmichael coal mine project.

According to a statement by Queensland Resource Council’s (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane, the claims are two in a long list of green activist litigation that is being used to disrupt and delay multiple resource projects in Queensland, costing the state revenue that pays for teachers and nurses, while holding up thousands of regional jobs.

Land Services Coast and Country, through the Environmental Defenders Office, have today failed to argue that the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage unlawfully granted the Environment Authority for the proposed Carmichael coal mine. The Burragubba case – which sources some funds from foreign entities and is connected to the Sunrise Project – made a claim against the granting of the mining lease.

In the media statement, it was reported that “the QRC has repeatedly called on both state and federal governments to fix the mechanisms that enable green activists to ‘disrupt and delay’ resource projects through this merry-go-round of litigation.”

Macfarlane called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to stand behind his promise to overhaul the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act and the Palaszczuk Government must continue with its reforms.

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