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    Adani's Carmichael mine would be a disaster for our Reef

Exposed: Adani’s horrible history of destruction, fraud and corruption

An explosive new report reveals a horrific record of environmental devastation and criminal corporate behaviour by the Adani mining company – currently seeking to build the $22 billion Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project right next to our Great Barrier Reef.

Based on hundreds of court documents, The Adani Files reveal a catalogue of environmental catastrophes linked to the mining and energy giant – from a giant oil and coal spills, extensive mangrove destruction, to ocean pollution and tourism impacts.

The investigation, released by Environmental Justice Australia, highlights The Adani Group’s long record of failing to comply with environmental law – a very deep concern for our already at-risk Reef if their plans for the world’s biggest coal mine are approved.

Read the full report >> download The Adani Files [PDF 2MB]

Coal spill devastation.

In 2011 an unseaworthy coal ship chartered by Adani Enterprises Ltd sunk off the coast of Mumbai, spilling over 60,000 tonnes of coal and a massive amount of oil into the ocean. Adani did nothing to clean up the mess for five long years. Meanwhile, the spill destroyed mangroves, polluted beaches, and seriously damaged Mumbai’s marine life and tourism industry.

Cargo Ship MV Rak Carrier was carrying 60,000 tonnes of coal for Adani Enterprise Limited (AEL) when it sank.

Illegal dredging and clearing.

In the coastal town of Mundra in India, a subsidiary company of Adani ports has left devastation in the wake of its coal-fired power station - ignoring environmental regulation and development permits to illegally clear 75 hectares of protected mangroves, dredge the ocean, and block waterways. As a result fish stocks were decimated, and the groundwater turned saline.

Villagers reported the company using bribery and intimidation to silence anyone who tried to challenge them.

"Irreversible and irreparable damage has been done to the area by the Adani Port and it is difficult to monitor the extent of the damage today. The mangroves have been destroyed and it has created an environmental disaster. The fisherfolk and common people affected by this degradation cannot fight such a big company." 

-Mahesh Pandya, an Ahmedabad-based environmentalist.

Water pollution disaster.

In 2010, working for another company, Adani’s Australia CEO Jeyakumar Janakaraj was responsible for the operations of the Konkola Copper Mines in Zambia. The mines discharged acidic, metal-laden water from copper mining into the Kafue River - poisoning water used for cooking, cleaning and bathing. The company later pleaded guilty to criminal charges for pollution and failure to report the incident.

Now Adani Mining wants to build a mine that risks our Great Artesian Basin - the water source for a quarter of Australia.

"I used to grow cabbages, potatoes, tomatoes and bananas, but now, there's no future here, only poverty and suffering because this land is damaged and spoilt."

- Leo Mulenga, an affected farmer

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Bribery and corruption.

In 2011, an Indian state Ombudsman found that parent company Adani Enterprises had bribed police, politicians, customs officials and others to facilitate and hide illegal exports of 7.7 million tonnes of iron ore. The Indian government is currently investigating numerous Adani Group entities for billion-dollar fraud to inflate prices and evade taxes.

With so much evidence of corruption and environmental devastation, how can our Government trust Adani with something as precious as our water, our money, and our Great Barrier Reef?

We are still cleaning up the damage left when the Shen Neng 1 coal ship ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef in 2010. The 225-metre carrier carved a 2.2-kilometre-long, 400,000 square metre scar in and around Douglas Shoal, and left a 4-kilometre trail of heavy fuel oil in the Reef’s waters. The marine habitats and organisms, especially the corals, will take many years to recover.  

The full cost to taxpayers has been estimated to be $141 million. After 6 years, the Commonwealth has only managed to get $40 million from the company at fault.

We know how this could end. We know Adani has been careless with the marine environment and with the law many times before. How can we possibly trust them with our most precious marine ecosystem?

It’s these times when our local MPs can stand up and do something. But they won’t do it unless they know the local people in their area care about what happens next.

Do something: Three ways to take action today >>

1. Send a copy of the Adani Brief to your local MP.

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3. Chip in to our fighting fund to protect the Reef.