Federal Minister for the Environment Melissa Price today accepted the scientific advice and approved the groundwater management plans for the Adani Carmichael Project.

It follows CSIRO and Geoscience Australia independently assessing the groundwater management plans for the project and confirming the revised plans meet strict scientific requirements.

“The Project now requires further approvals from the Queensland Government prior to construction commencing,” she said.

“To date, only 16 of 25 environmental plans have been finalised or approved by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments with a further 9 to be finalised.

“It must meet further stringent conditions of approval from the Commonwealth before it can begin producing coal.

“This project has been subject to the most rigorous approval process of any mining project in Australia.”

Approvals for the project by the Commonwealth in 2015 and the Queensland State Government in 2016 resulted in the setting of 180 strict conditions to protect the environment.

AMMA Chief Executive Steve Knott welcomed the Federal Government’s approval of the groundwater management plan for the Adani Carmichael Project.

“Today’s decision means the project has cleared all federal approvals, leaving the ball in the court of the Queensland State Government,” he said.

“The Adani Carmichael Project will be overwhelmingly positive for Queensland and Australia, generating thousands of jobs, boosting regional economies and delivering decades of income at the state and federal level.

“It’s incredible important for Australia’s sovereign risk profile that projects of this scale succeed against misguided politicking and disruptive lawfare from well-resourced minority activist groups.

“Today’s decision is also a timely reminder of the significant contribution the resources and energy industry makes to Australia’s prosperity, leading a $20b windfall to drive a recent Federal Budget surplus.”