ADANI: We’re going to court against the Australian government

I’ve just lodged a court case against the government because the Australian Conservation Foundation believes it broke its own laws over the water-guzzling pipeline Adani needs for its climate-wrecking mine in Queensland.

By Kelly O’Shanassy, Chief Executive Officer

Adani has finance. But this could be the most powerful opportunity we’ve had to stop this mine in its tracks and I’ve never needed your support more than I do right now.

With your help, we stopped all possible public and external funding. But Adani are desperate – last week, while Queensland was on fire and Sydney was flooding they announced they will fund their mine with the Adani family’s own money.

But we can’t stand by. We won’t stand by. Our climate is breaking down and we’re going to use the law to hold our political leaders to account.

It’s now or never. By donating to this critical campaign, you’ll be directly supporting our legal challenge and helping to bring this case to court.

*Will you donate $50 to help this urgent legal challenge and stop Adani once and for all?*

Water is vital in this drought-stricken continent, yet Adani wants to take unlimited groundwater for 60 years, for free. And they want billions of litres every year from a river in Central Queensland that is dry for most of the year – to wash their coal and stop the dust. The damage that this will do cannot be undone. We must act today.

Here’s the thing – Adani can’t operate its climate-wrecking mine without this water and a pipeline to suck it up. They can’t build a pipeline without legal approval. So let’s stop this pipeline from happening and in turn, #StopAdani.

This is why we’ve got a case.

• Our national environment laws have a ‘water trigger’ because water is of national significance in this dry continent.

• The Environment Minister did not apply the crucial ‘water trigger’ when she assessed the pipeline infrastructure for Adani’s mine.

• She said because the infrastructure is a pipeline, and not the mine itself, the water trigger doesn’t apply. **But the pipeline is being built to directly support Adani’s climate-wrecking coal mine.

It’s the 11th hour in this campaign. It’s time to pull out all the stops. Our current government has failed the people, giving Adani the green light they need to further plunge our living world into chaos.

We believe there are legal grounds to challenge this decision and this is could be our last opportunity.

Donate today and together we’ll stop the largest expansion of coal mining on planet Earth.

Together we can stop Adani.
Together, we will.

Kelly O’Shanassy
Chief Executive Officer

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Adani coal mine water licence faces Federal Court challenge over move to bypass EIS

The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) has launched a legal challenge to a Federal Government decision to bypass an impact assessment of planned water use by Adani's Carmichael coal mine in central Queensland.

Key points:
Federal Minister made an "error of law" in bypassing an environmental impact assessment, ACF alleges

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The ACF applied to the Federal Court, challenging Federal Environment Minister Melissa Price's decision not to activate the "water trigger" for the proposed pipeline infrastructure, which avoided a full environmental impact assessment (EIS).

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