India-backed Australia mega coal mine to start work mid-2017

A controversial India-backed Aus$21.7 billion giant coal project near Australia's Great Barrier Reef is set to start constructio
A controversial India-backed Aus$21.7 billion giant coal project near Australia's Great Barrier Reef is set to start construction by the middle of 2017

A controversial India-backed Aus$21.7 billion (US$16 billion) giant coal project near Australia's Great Barrier Reef is set to start construction by the middle of next year, the miner said Tuesday.

Adani Enterprises' Carmichael coal mine—destined to be one of the world's biggest—has encountered numerous regulatory and legal hurdles, leading to six years of delays.

It has also been criticised by environmentalists who say it will hurt the reef, a World Heritage-listed biodiverse site stretching along Australia's northeastern coast, which is already threatened by .

"We want to start construction in the middle of next year," Adani Australia chief executive Jeyakumar Janakaraj told reporters after meeting with Queensland state Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in the city of Townsville.

"There will be early works we plan to start in the quarter of June-July and we would want to start the main works from the last quarter of the year."

The development proposes exporting coal to India via a massive open-cut and underground coal mine 160 kilometres (100 miles) northwest of Clermont in central Queensland, and a 189-kilometre rail link to port.

Adani forecasts it will produce 60 million tonnes of thermal coal a year for export.

The project has been given the green light by the federal and state governments but is still waiting for a water license to be approved.

It also faces three ongoing legal challenges, although Janakaraj said he was heartened by support from the state government.

Palaszczuk said she had an "iron-clad guarantee" from Adani that the mine—which she projected would create 10,000 jobs and be operational for up to six decades—would not source workers from overseas and instead give Queenslanders priority.

Janakaraj would not comment on reports that the federal government was likely to contribute Aus$1.0 billion to the project's railway line.

Environmentalists have slammed the prospect of government funding, saying it placed the interest of polluters ahead of Australians.

"Adani has a mining licence, but no social licence," the Australian Conservation Foundation said in a statement.

"Any investment in coal in the 21st century is a dud investment. Australians will lose this money and it will fund the death of the much-loved Great Barrier Reef."

The reef—also under threat from farming run-off, development and the crown-of-thorns starfish—experienced its worst-ever bleaching event this year, which has been blamed on global warming.

Janakaraj brushed away the criticism, saying the project was a "net positive impact on climate change in the world".

"India is a large consumer of coal either way. So if Australia doesn't produce and give India high-quality, highly sustainable mining, it is going to rely on that will come from lesser reliable geographies," he said.


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Dec 14, 2016
http://www.mining...country/
As you can see the US, then Russia, China, Aussieland, and then India are the biggest users of coal. I am baffled by the continuing push to go solar when the US infrastructure of aging electrical wires wont support it. The NYT said Tuesday that there is a strong push to force large portfolios handled by universities to drop fossil fuels and invest in experimental renewables even as the adjacent article revealed that investment into renewables came up dry.
What that says to me is the same pressure that is seen when companies buy back their own stock to be come private is at work here. The public is going to be handed an empty bag. The fossil fuels are going to be owned by the global conglomerates. There will be nothing in the stock market but empty promises while the global conglomerates will own all real assets like the sources, the refining, the transportation and the distribution.

Dec 14, 2016
More and more the global enterprises will dominate over government, worldwide.
As more companies revenues begin to exceed that of small countries, the people who run them will become more and more arrogant and ruthless, brushing aside the legal systems in smaller countries or weaker states in larger countries.
Bribes are already the order of the day but the scale and magnitude is starting to reach such proportions that these unscrupulous criminals will actually rule by proxy - as is already the case in South Africa where the president is but a puppet of the Guptas - completely negating any democratic notion of government.
The signs are clearly displayed in this article.

Dec 14, 2016
The signs are clearly displayed in this article
yeahyeahyeah

"18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us."

"The heads of the horses resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulfur. 18 A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths. 19 The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails were like snakes, having heads with which they inflict injury." rev9

-weve heard it all before.

Dec 14, 2016
We do not need more coal-based pollutants. It is difficult fighting AGW, especially when the poorly-educated, as Their Trump called them, are in the way.

They and their greedy capitalists are killing all of us for profit. Themselves, too.

Dec 14, 2016
Gkam, did you even notice this article is about India and Australia? I would bet, if you were hungry enough, you would use a coal based cook fire or stove to feed your family.

In India,those are the people that need the electricity, and they don't give a rats booty about Trump. Not as much as you seem to...

Dec 14, 2016
The poorly-educated live in India, too. Lots of them.

Better education would let them see what coal is costing them in Human terms.

Dec 14, 2016
I would bet, if you were hungry enough, you would use a coal based cook fire or stove to feed your family
@Estevan57
i would bet money that she still does it today even though she is a typical affluent yuppie living in the lap of luxury on her wife's paycheck

- especially in the summer when bbq-ing

she doesn't take anything into consideration unless it is about her

Dec 14, 2016
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Dec 15, 2016
especially in the summer when bbq-ing

Cap'nStumpid tripling down on his stumpidness.
No wonder he uses coal for bbq-ing.

Dec 15, 2016
Hey, moderator, I was responding to the offensive comment by Stumpy, who was referring to me. Why is his still there?

And I do not know why you let otto commit defamation against me. Are you aware of your own laws??

http://www.bbc.co...35712772

I have had trouble finding a good defamation attorney there, but will not give up. What is your exposure to a defamation lawsuit? Got lawyered-up?

Dec 15, 2016
Hey, moderator, I was responding to the offensive comment by Stumpy, who was referring to me.
Hey, glam-Skippy, so what?

Why is his still there?
Because yours was really stupid.

And I do not know why you let otto commit defamation against me.
Somebody's got let the smart people know what kind of couyon you are, it might as well be Otto-Skippy.

Are you aware of your own laws??
Ooh boy,,,, here we go again.

I have had trouble finding a good defamation attorney there, but will not give up.
Because every one you try to talk to start laughing and hang up on you.

What is your exposure to a defamation lawsuit?
None, not even a little bit.

Got lawyered-up?
Have got any smarter? Non, not even a little bit.


Dec 15, 2016
Hey, moderator, I was responding to the offensive comment by Stumpy, who was referring to me. Why is his still there?
FYI I think in the past once you had so many empty, offensive, OT posts removed you got instant ban. So theyre just preparing you for the inevitable according to site guidelines.

But keep threatening them and the community with lawyers and outing and other such annoyances. That should help.

You really dont belong here. You probably dont belong anywhere.

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