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MEDIA RELEASE: OUR WORLD HERITAGE LISTED REEF LOSES IN COURT TO ADANI’S ABBOT POINT - BUT OUR FIGHT CONTINUES!

Thu 15 June 2017

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) expressed disappointment with the decision from the Queensland Supreme Court today about a new coal terminal at Abbot Point, neighbouring our Great Barrier Reef, but vowed to fight on to stop Adani’s Reef-wrecking project.

The Supreme Court upheld the Queensland government’s environmental authority to expand the coal port for a second major terminal, linked to Adani’s monstrous Carmichael mine.

The terminal would be constructed between a turtle nesting beach and the nationally recognised Caley Valley wetlands. It would drive the dredging of more than 1 million cubic metres of sea floor and see millions of tonnes of coal transported through our Great Barrier Reef.

“The Supreme Court decision is a setback, but Whitsunday residents and people from all walks of life will continue to fight to protect our World Heritage listed Reef from this extremely damaging project,” said AMCS’s Fight For Our Reef Campaign Director, Imogen Zethoven.

“Our Reef has experienced back to back bleaching over the last 18 months, with nearly 50% of shallow water corals having died. There is still time to save the Reef from global warming but governments must act now to avoid any new coal mines, including Adani’s Carmichael mine.

“Adani’s coal and port expansion plans are a dangerous proposition that puts our Reef, its $6 billion tourism industry and its 70,000 jobs at risk,” she said.

“Adani has already admitted that it breached its licence to pollute at Abbot Point. During Cyclone Debbie it released 800% more than its licence allowed. Adani has already demonstrated that it can’t be trusted to operate within Australian law. 

“Adani has no social licence for the Carmichael coal mine, its taxpayer subsidised rail link project or Abbot Point. It’s time to move on to the future which is renewable energy,” Ms Zethoven said.

fightforourreef.org.au | marineconservation.org.au

 

For interviews, imagery and further information please contact:

Gemma Freeman, AMCS Media and Communications Officer

0412 505 405 - mediacomms@amcs.org.au

Imogen Zethoven AO, AMCS Fight For Our Reef Campaign Director

0431 565 495 - imogenzethoven@amcs.org.au

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