ALL CLEAR: This supplied photo shows an example of site clearing at the Carmichael mine site.
ALL CLEAR: This supplied photo shows an example of site clearing at the Carmichael mine site. Adani Aust

Adani owns up to land-clearing report mistake

ADANI Australia yesterday admitted it had failed to report on areas of land it disturbed at its Carmichael Mine site over a 24-day period earlier this year.

The miner has notified the Department of Environment and Science of an administrative paperwork error in its 2017/2018 Annual Return for the proposed Central Queensland project as part of its general environmental reporting obligations.

Adani stressed that the works, related to geological sampling and ground water investigations, were permitted under its Environmental Authority and stated it had taken steps to ensure such reporting errors do not occur again.

"We have chosen to make this statement today, with the expectation that people will recognise our commitment to act with integrity in our operations, and ask that we be treated like any other Australian mining company," Adani Australia said in a statement.

"If we make an error we will own it and address it."

 

This supplied photo shows an example of site clearing at the Carmichael mine site. This permitted activity should have been included in Adani Australia's 2017/18 Annual Return for the Carmichael mine.
This supplied photo shows an example of site clearing at the Carmichael mine site. This permitted activity should have been included in Adani Australia's 2017/18 Annual Return for the Carmichael mine. Adani Aust

Adani said in total approximately 5.8 hectares were cleared, "similar to the amount of land taken up by about 10 suburban houses in Brisbane".

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It said the "total area of disturbance prior to the reporting period (127 hectares, as set out in the Plan of Operations) should have been carried across in its annual return on the mine".

Adani said it was committed to meeting its performance and compliance reporting obligations.

"While other organisations, mining or otherwise, may not normally make a public statement about an administrative reporting error, we recognise the public interest in our Carmichael Project holds us to greater account," Adani said.

"We are proud Queenslanders, passionate about the delivery of the Carmichael Project, knowing the benefits and opportunities it will deliver for our State. We are getting on with the job of delivering this important project for Queensland in an environmentally sustainable manner.

"We recognise that there has been a significant amount of interest in our Carmichael Project. We know the production and use of coal as an energy source draws polarising views from across the globe and our project is often part of that discussion in Australia.

"We recognise people want accurate information so they can make informed opinions and decisions on our industry.

"It is in the spirit of continuing to build trust and confidence with the community that we make this statement today to provide the facts about this matter."

However, GetUp campaign director Sam Regester said Adani should be referred to the police and the project halted.

He said the penalty for providing false and misleading information in an annual return is two years jail under the Environmental Protection Act and three years under the Criminal Code.

The Adani administrative error:

Due to an administrative paperwork error, disturbance to land on the Mining Lease caused by the following permitted activities was not included in Adani's 2017/2018 Annual Return for the Carmichael mine.

Adani is required to provide the information as part of its general environmental reporting obligations.

The permitted activities that occurred during a three-and-a-half week period between 9 March 2018 and 2 April 2018 were:

. Clearing of land for drill pads and access tracks for six ground water test bores and five ground water monitoring bores. The land is on the Moray Downs pastoral lease, which is owned by Adani.

. For each bore we cleared a narrow vehicle access track to give access to a drill rig and

support vehicles and an area less than the size of a tennis court around the drill hole, which is required as a workplace safety precaution.

. Between 148m2 and 980m2 was cleared for each track as some were longer than others

. Between 30m2 and 270m2 was cleared for each drill pad

. In total approximately 5.8 hectares were cleared. This is similar to the amount of land taken up by about 10 suburban houses in Brisbane.

The total area of disturbance prior to the reporting period (127 hectares, as set out in the Plan of Operations) should have been carried across.



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