Adani’s $16.5 billion Carmichael coal mine would result in a glut in thermal coal on world markets and make projects in the Galilee Basin uneconomic, a court in Brisbane heard on Tuesday.
The mega-mine would also cause significant damage to the environment, including damage to local wildlife and water systems as well as increase Australia’s contribution to climate change.
Environmental group Coast and Country, who are legally represented by the Environmental Defenders Office, is challenging Adani’s mine in Queensland’s Land Court.
Coast and Country is also questioning why the state government would approve the mining of thermal coal given the inevitable decline of fossil fuels.
“We think there is unacceptable dangers and risk to Queensland and therefore should be rejected by the courts,” Coast and Country spokesman Derec Davies said outside the court.
“We think this case is very strong.”
The legal challenge comes as Adani Group founder and chairman Gautum Adani met with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszcsuk for the first time since the January election.
“Premier Palaszczuk clearly understands the important nation-building role projects such as ours play and made clear that securing jobs and investment in the state are a priority for her government,” Mr Adani said.
During the meeting in Cairns, Mr Adani invited the premier to visit India to further discuss the potential for advancing closer ties between Queensland and India. Adani has yet to reach financial close on the Carmichael coal project.
The court heard the approval of the Carmichael Coal mine, which was expected to produce 50 million tonnes a year, would contribute to a glut of thermal coal on the world market.