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Located 25 kilometres from Bowen in Northern Queensland, Abbot Point is a 50 million tonne per year coal export port sitting on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
Owned by Indian mining conglomerate Adani, Abbot Point is set to become one of the world’s biggest coal ports if plans to open up the Galilee Basin to coal mining succeed.
In November 2018, having failed to secure a financial backer for more than a decade, the Adani Group finally announced it would self-fund its Carmichael mega-mine project and begin work “imminently.” This followed a string of announcements over several months scaling back the project, most notably a new rail plan to ‘fast-track project delivery’ and halve the cost of building the rail line to Abbot Point from $2 billion.
The campaign to stop Adani getting this climate-busting project off the ground continues. Our efforts in coordinating a letter from 73 non-profits representing 76 million people worldwide in December 2018 resulted in ten global insurance companies ruling out any backing for Adani in Australia.
Repeated environmental breaches show that Adani can’t be trusted in such a sensitive area. In July 2019 the Queensland government announced it was prosecuting the company for ‘false and misleading information’ about work undertaken at its mine site. Adani already has been fined twice in two years, most recently in March 2019, for releasing coal-laden floodwaters into the Caley Valley Wetlands. The area is home to several threatened species of turtles and birds.