Due to disregard for conservation advice for two endangered species, a case is brought against environment minister Greg Hunt for approving the Carmichael Coalmine.
The court has ruled that the environment minister, Greg Hunt, had ignored his own department’s advice about the coal mine’s impact on the Yakka Skink and the Ornamental Snake, two of the most vulnerable snake species in Australia.
Adani, who intends to set up the Carmichael Coalmine, is yet to have enough financial backing for the new coalmine. The company recently reduced its workforce on the project because it lacked the legal authority to start building.
Principal Solicitor at the Environmental Defenders Office Sue Higginson said:
“This kind of error in the decision-making process is legally fatal to the minister’s decision.
“The conservation advices were approved by the minister in April last year, and describe the threats to the survival of these threatened species, which are found only in Queensland,” she said.
“The law requires that the minister consider these conservation advices so that he understands the impacts of the decision that he is making on matters of national environmental significance, in this case the threatened species.”
“We now call on minister Hunt to see sense, honour his obligations, and take the opportunity he has been handed by the federal court to reject this disastrous project once and for all.”