Not once, but twice we have stopped Adani pushing through their plan to guzzle 12.5 billion litres of water from drought-stricken Central Queensland.
Not once, but twice we have taken the Morrison Government to court and won. When they failed to consider thousands of community submissions, we upheld democracy. When they did not assess Adani’s plan under the water trigger – a legal safeguard that ensures large coal mining developments that would cause significant impact on our precious water undergo comprehensive investigation – we upheld the integrity of our national environment law.
Now Adani is trying for a third time to have the Morrison Government approve the same, flawed water-guzzling plan to service a coal mine that will drive climate pollution way up.
Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley has one week to apply the water trigger and stop Adani’s plan. Thanks to our victory in court, there is now a precedent that water infrastructure for coal seam gas and large coal mining projects must be assessed under our national environment law. This means applying the water trigger!
We must strongly encourage the Minister to do the right thing for our climate and nature, and recognise what is now legal precedent.
Adani's water scheme will affect crucial habitat for local endangered wildlife, like the Black-Throated Finch. Photo: Ali Sanderson
Adani needs water to build and run its climate-wrecking mine. The fact it is submitting for approval the same plan for a third time in three years shows that they are desperate – and how much people power is holding them back.
Because of generous donations and written submissions from the ACF community, we have been able to mount and fund two winning Federal Court cases blocking this exact scheme.
And those cases – they come at a steep cost. Without the unwavering financial support of our donors we wouldn’t have won. In fact, we wouldn’t have even been able to run the case. These historic victories were because of them.
Stop Adani Convoy 2019. Photo: James Thomas
Adani’s water-guzzling plan strikes at the heart of our precious web of life.
It will suck dry drought-stricken rivers. It will swallow up the crucial habitat and watering holes of local endangered wildlife like the Black-Throated Finch and the Ornamental Snake. It will deprive central Queensland farmers of water they desperately need. It will have flow-on effects damaging the water quality of the Great Barrier Reef and all the turtles, coral and fish who call it home.
And what is it all for? To wash and then burn coal, fuelling more dangerous climate damage like severe bushfires, droughts and floods.
To put it into perspective: Adani's plan would guzzle 5,000 Olympic swimming pools worth of our precious water every year!
We have blocked Adani’s water scheme before. Twice, in fact. Let’s do it once more.
We have one week to send a strong message to Minister Ley before her decision on Adani’s water scheme.
Adani's water scheme is a threat to all who call the Great Barrier Reef home. Photo: Pexels
It’s clear that Adani’s coal mine will have a significant impact on water resources and so the water trigger in our national environment law must be applied when the federal government reviews its water plan.
Every letter we send to Minister Ley reaffirms this, and helps us continue stopping Adani’s polluting mine.
We are ready to renew Australia with climate solutions, like exporting our sun and wind to the world and powering our cars and communities with clean energy.
Let’s get on with it, and leave climate-wrecking coal and our precious water in the ground.
Read more about our most recent court case win. The federal court ruled in favour of our claim that the Morrison Government failed to apply the water trigger in our national environment laws when approving Adani’s water scheme.