The Queensland Government has all but approved Adani’s controversial Carmichael coal mine after clearing the last significant hurdle holding it back from starting construction.

The groundwater plan, which has gone through 11 revisions over the past couple of years and has faced close scrutiny from environmental regulators and scientific organisations, has now been waved through. It concerns Adani Mining’s plans on how to protect the underground water supplies around the Galilee basin, Queensland’s last significant coal resource.

This news follows the Queensland government’s approval of Adani’s plan to protect the threatened black-throated finch on May 31. That approval came very quickly after last month’s shock federal election result, which many predicted would lead the state government to back Adani.

Now that these hurdles are passed, Adani is expected to start extracting coal through the Carmichael mine in two years time.

The mine’s is a huge blow to environmental groups – and, of course, anyone who gives a shit about climate change and our continuing path towards annihilation. Just yesterday the Australian Conservation Foundation won an appeal in Federal Court regarding Adani’s alleged failure to consider public submissions on water use. The ACF concedes that they will be unlikely to halt the project further following today’s “green light.”

Six additional mines are expected in the Galilee Basin.

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