Prominent Australians ask Adani Group to abandon coal mine project

Ian and Greg Chappell and few other prominent Australians have written to Adani Group Chairman urging him to abandon the $21 billion mine project.

By: PTI | Melbourne | Updated: March 16, 2017 9:00 pm
Ian Chappell said Cricket has a bit to do with the feeling between India and Australia.

Cricket legends Ian and Greg Chappell and few other prominent Australians have written to Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani urging him to abandon the USD 21 billion mine project, a plea the company rejected as “motivated” by a very small group “misled” people.

The open letter cited public opposition, risks to miners’ health, climate change and potential impact on the fragile Great Barrier Reef as reasons not to proceed with the project in the Galilee Basin.

Adani Group spokesperson rejected the letter as “motivated” by “a very small group of 76 misled people. The proposed mine in Australia has been cleared after rigorous assessments and strict conditions”.

“Cricket has a bit to do with the feeling between India and Australia,” said Ian Chappell. “The thought that this [mine] could affect the relationship, hopefully that’ll get through.”

The letter calls on Adani to invest in renewables instead, and concludes that it would be a “great shame” were the mine to “damage the image of India in Australia”.

Adani Group spokesperson said the proposed mine is supported fully by people of regional Queensland and their elected representatives.

“The proposed mine will help in providing energy security to millions of Indians who are without electricity while creating thousands of jobs and economic benefits for the state of Queensland in particular and Australia in general. It is a project which will create enormous social and economic value for both the countries of Australia and India,” the spokesperson added.

The USD 21.7 billion Carmichael coal mine project, one of the world’s largest, is set to start construction this year after being given the green light by the federal and Queensland state governments.

The project involves dredging 1.1 million cubic metres of spoil near the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which will then be disposed of on land.

Besides the former Australian Test cricket captains, authors Richard Flanagan and Tim Winton, Telstra chair John Mullen and investment banker Mark Burrows have also signed the letter.

The letter is expected to be delivered to Adani’s Gujarat headquarters by an Australian community delegation currently visiting India.

The letter said, “We are writing to respectfully ask you to abandon the Adani Group’s proposal in Queensland’s Galilee Basin…Pollution from burning coal was the single biggest driver of global warming, threatening life in Australia, India and all over the world.”

“Last month The Lancet, one of the world’s leading medical journals, published a report that described your company’s Carmichael mine proposal as a public health disaster… This mine proposal does not have wide public support in Australia and does not have the support of the Traditional Owners of the land where the mine would be dug.

“There are concerns about the impact the mine will have on groundwater resources and on nearby farmers who rely on this water for their livelihoods,” it noted.

“We urge you to think about global warming and public health and listen to the wishes of the people. It would be a great shame if this one project were to damage the image of India in Australia.

“We understand the Adani Group has not made a final investment decision on the Carmichael coal mine. We strongly urge you to decide to abandon this project.

“We the undersigned – and we believe all Australians – would support and welcome moves by your company to invest further in renewable energy in Australia,” the open letter said.

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  1. A
    Mar 16, 2017 at 5:39 pm
    Europeans in Australia match...go to ur country first...let the aborigines to decide...u have no right to say all these lub lub lub...
    1. C
      Mar 17, 2017 at 1:14 am
      There is no integrity in ausies . .their govt and courts are in favor of the business proposal and these so called prominent are out of sync. As far as India's image in Australia is concerned, these guys do not matter, it has already been taken care by aust govt and courts. Yes, Australia's image and integrity is put to shame by these prominent guys, but they need not worry, India is not very judgmental and about ausies and least interested in shaming them as a typical trait and tactic used by the subjects of the crown, which these prominent guys are. We have citizens in India, unlike in Australia.
      1. T
        Mar 16, 2017 at 4:05 pm
        You are dealing with the “Traders” (thugs) of Gujarat ! Wish you the best in your endeavors !
        1. R
          Mar 16, 2017 at 7:33 pm
          Adani like his mentor Modi calls eminent Aussies, a group of mislead people. You can't expect anything better from this selfish coterie. They are a gang of such people who habitually deride all opposition.
          1. L
            Mar 16, 2017 at 4:04 pm
            It is a great wonder. World is moving with Green power, why Adani group looks for coal from Australia. In thermal power plant, coal is fired for production of current by boiling water. CO2 is the main emission. Why they should not think to avoid coal fired thermal power?
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