Secret documents reveal Adani mine to push endangered bird to brink of extinction

The Adani mine project would become the largest coal-mine in ever have existed in Australia.

BY Sophia Golovanevskaya

A Carmichael coal mine has recently been proposed in central Queensland by Adani Mining, a company belonging to India’s Adani Group. The development plan involves open cut and underground cut mines with a collective export volume of 60 million tonnes a year. The mining project proposal has been approved by the Queensland government, and final investments have now been made by Adani signalling the “official” start of the mining plan.

It has recently been discovered through secret government documents that the Adani Mine will have devastating effects on the survival of the Southern Black-Throated Finch, a species which has already been classified as severely endangered. Under the Freedom of Information Act (1982), the BTF Recovery Team were able to obtain information on the mine and have since concluded in a finalised report that the mining project will in fact destroy sections of the Finches’ natural habitat, providing slim to no chances of survival for the threatened species.

After voiced concerns about the survival of the Black-Throated Finch, directors of the controversial Adani Mine proposed rehabilitation plans, however, these plans have since been ruled as inadequate by the BTF Recovery Team and other environmentalist groups.

The land that has been allocated by Adani for the rehabilitation of the Finches has been noted as being too small (less than half of the size it was originally supposed to be), as well as of much poorer quality than their original, natural environment. In fact, the BTF Recovery Team’s report concluded that many of Adani’s calculations and proposed strategies for the maintenance/rehabilitation of the surrounding environments and their biodiversity’s are essentially, wrong. Many of the BTF’s findings are simply demonstrative of Adani’s plain dismissal of life for profit.

The Adani mine project would become the largest coal-mine in Australia to ever have existed, as well as currently being the biggest export of coal in the world. Due to the enormous size and nature of the plan, not only would it endanger the survival of the Southern Black-Throated Finch, but it also threatens surrounding water resources and farm land, as well as being massively detrimental to the survival of the Great Barrier Reef and the countless species it harbours.

Environmentalists are now coming together to voice their condemnation of the Adani mine and the restrictions that the project delivers on the survival of the Black-Throated Finch and other natural surrounds. Local environmentalist groups and co-operations are not only severely concerned about the survival of the endangered finch, but also of the larger symbolic and moral implications that is demonstrated by the local governments’ attitudes towards the ‘hunt’ for profit.

Despite the plans being extremely controversial, Ron Watson, the spokesman for the Adani group in Australia, has confirmed that the company is still completely dedicated to the mining plan and hopes to have all finances for the deal completed by the end of the year. Other concerns have been voiced on the primary recipients of profit from the mining project and whether this would further hinder Australian shareholders.

Colosoul Group sat down with Terry Kain, a member of the Perth ‘Stop Adani’ volunteer-run campaign. Check back for Part II of this feature to learn more.

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