Adani broke the law and got away scot-free
After Cyclone Debbie hit Queensland last year, Adani released 800% more toxic coal slurry from its Abbot Point port into the Great Barrier Reef than they were permitted. They broke the law. And they got away with it scot-free.
This morning, we woke to news that Adani knew that this would happen, and they did nothing to stop it. To make matters worse, so did the Queensland Government, and they chose to do nothing.
Pick up the phone to Environment Minister Leanne Enoch today to tell her to prosecute Adani for breaking the law. That’s their job after all - to enforce the law.
Documents obtained by Mackay Conservation Group show that Adani received a special licence to pollute that was amended after Cyclone Debbie crossed the coast. Even so they breached their licence by over 800%.
Despite a clear breach of Adani’s licence to pollute, it is now 16 months since Cyclone Debbie and the Queensland government has failed to launch prosecution proceedings.
The clock is running and the government must do this within weeks, or lose the opportunity.
This is a sign of what’s to come if Adani is allowed to open up their giant coal mine in central Queensland. Not only will they destroy the Reef, groundwater, sacred sites, springs and anything else in their path, but the irreversible damage to our climate will fuel more extreme weather events that already batter the Queensland coast.
We’ve pushed the Queensland government to do the right thing before. Together we forced them to veto the disastrous NAIF loan from the Turnbull government, and got Adani to pay their fair share of royalties. We just need to make it a big enough issue for the Environment Minister that she acts urgently to prosecute Adani.
I know that together we can stop Adani, but it’s going to take everyday people like you standing up to take action.
Kelly, for the AYCC team
Authorised by G. Borgo-Caratti, Australian Youth Climate Coalition, 60 Leicester St, Carlton 3053
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