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Construction : Web Exclusive | April 2017 | Source : Infrastructure Today

Adani's Carmichael coal mine in Australia secures water licence

Adani Australia's controversial $21-billion Carmichael coal mine has been granted an unlimited 60-year water license, in a move slammed by environmental and legal groups.

The associated water licence, signed by a Queensland government representative the day after Cyclone Debbie tore through the state's north, allows Adani Mining to take water from or near the Betts Creek formation when removing or draining water from the mine, the Guardian reported.

The licence acknowledges this will have “an impact on the underground water levels in the region of the mine” both during and after the planned coal mine’s years of operation.

Adani Australia said the proposed $21.7-billion Carmichael mine, rail and port projects have undergone extensive and rigorous approval processes at both the state and Commonwealth levels, including a court hearing on the mining lease that took into account public objections.

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