Adani has reportedly ditched plans to build a new rail line to get coal out of Queensland's Galilee Basin, opting for a cut-price solution using existing railways.

In response to news of Adani’s potential rail line agreement with Aurizon for the Carmichael coal mine project, Australian Conservation Foundation Stop Adani Campaigner, Christian Slattery, said:

“Adani’s announcement is another clear indication that the company is more serious than ever about building its climate damaging coal mine.

“It comes only 24 hours after Adani was accused of breaking state and federal environmental laws by drilling water bores into Queensland’s precious groundwater aquifers.

“Our elected representatives can’t keep hiding. We need them to stand beside ordinary Australians, not billionaire mining companies, and put a stop to this proposed coal mine.

“You can’t have a strong climate policy without a commitment to stopping new thermal coal mines like Adani’s.

“Adani’s mine would be a disaster for our environment and climate. It would guzzle our inland water at a time when more than half Queensland is in drought, accelerate the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef by contributing to climate change, and threaten irreplaceable cultural and natural sites like the Doongmabulla Springs.

“The movement of millions of Australians who want clean energy and oppose Adani’s polluting coal mine continues to grow and we will campaign until this project is stopped.”

Josh Meadows

Media Adviser at the Australian Conservation Foundation