Delay in Qld prosecution of Adani slammed
Environmentalists have criticised a further delay in the "urgent" prosecution of Adani for allegedly providing incorrect information regarding hundreds of hectares of land disturbance.
The Queensland government has accused Adani of being misleading in a report regarding its controversial Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin.
The matter was expected to be heard in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday.
But Adani applied for the adjournment late on Thursday for more time to consider the matter and prosecutors for the state environment department agreed.
It has been pushed back by almost a month.
A previous court date last month was also adjourned before commencement.
"It would be disastrous if Adani was able to commence digging with this prosecution languishing," Environmental Defenders Office Queensland spokeswoman Jo-Anne Bragg told reporters outside court.
"It's urgent that his prosecution proceed to a conclusion.
"If this prosecution is successful, that would give the state government grounds to remove their 'suitable operator' license and call the whole project off."
The environment department has accused the Indian mining company of providing "false and misleading information" regarding the disturbance of land in the 2017/2018 annual return for the mine.
Adani has claimed the allegations are over an "administrative error", which was self-reported in September 2018.
Court documents reveal Adani wrote '0' multiple times where they were meant to give the planned and actual area of land disturbance before, during and after reporting period.
They later submitted a corrected response, which included more than 200 hectares of total planned disturbance.
Ms Bragg said it was a "very serious offence" but refused to speculate if it was deliberate.
She also rejected Adani self-reported, claiming the alleged breach was identified by one of her clients, community group Coast and Country.
She said the delay in prosecution is unacceptable given the documents were submitted in March 2018.
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