Thursday, 13 December 2012 13:29
An endangered Queensland bird is set to lose valuable habitat to a major Indian mining project.
The Queensland government has released an environmental impact statement (EIS) into the $6.1 billion Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail project near Clermont in central Queensland.
The project, proposed by India's Adani Group, would result in nearly 10,000 hectares of "unavoidable vegetation clearing" on land inhabited by the endangered black-throated finch, the EIS says.
Greenpeace climate change campaigner Georgina Woods says this would have a devastating impact on the bird.
"They're removing a large area of habitat that's critical to the survival of this species," Ms Woods told AAP.
"We're also concerned about the impact this mine will have on underground water."
She said it would also affect springs linked to the Great Artesian Basin.
The project showed Australia was not committed to lowering its carbon emissions, she said.
Adani Group Australia CEO Harsh Mishra said the Carmichael mine would set high environmental standards and the EIS was an important milestone for the project.
"Adani is committed to meeting and exceeding its obligations towards the environment," Mr Mishra said in a statement.
Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said the project could create 5200 construction jobs and 3290 operational jobs.
The Carmichael mine is expected to begin operation in 2015.
The EIS will be available for public comment until February 11 and is available online at www.dsdip.qld.gov.au.
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