The Federal Court of Australia denied Adani Enterprises Ltd.’s Australia-based Bravus Mining and Resources access to billions of liters of water for its Carmichael coal project in Queensland, The Sydney Morning Herald reported May 25.
The court ruled that the government should have applied a “water trigger” to Bravus’ North Galilee water scheme, which would extract 12.5 billion liters of water annually from the Suttor River. Under federal law, the water trigger requires a more thorough assessment of a project’s impact on surface and groundwater.
Bravus, however, said the court decision will not impact the construction of Carmichael’s mine and rail. “Regardless of today’s court judgment, construction on the Carmichael mine and rail project is well underway, and importantly, the North Galilee water scheme project is not required for these construction activities,” the company said May 25.
“We have also secured water for the operational phase that does not require the North Galilee water scheme,” according to Bravus.
The company said it will now consider its options on the North Galilee water scheme and how it would like to proceed.
[Reicelene Joy Ignacio]