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Australia approves huge India-backed mine

Published on Jul 28, 2014 3:48 PM
 
In this photograph taken on February 18, 2011, Indian workers use heavy machinery to sift through coal at the Adani Power company thermal power plant at Mundra, India, some 400km from Ahmedabad. Australia has approved a massive coal mine by Indian firm Adani that could ultimately provide electricity for up to 100 million Indians, angering environmentalists who warned Monday it may threaten the Great Barrier Reef. -- PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia has approved a massive coal mine that could ultimately provide electricity for up to 100 million Indians, angering environmentalists who warned Monday it may threaten the Great Barrier Reef.

Environment Minister Greg Hunt said approval for Indian firm Adani's Aus$16.5 billion (S$19.2 billion) Carmichael coal mine and rail project in Queensland state was subject to 36 conditions.

"The absolute strictest of conditions have been imposed to ensure the protection of the environment, with a specific focus on the protection of groundwater," he said in a statement.

The development proposes open-cut and underground coal mining some 160 kilometres northwest of Clermont in central Queensland, as well as a 189-kilometre rail link.

 
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