Coal Mining: Water Impacts of the Adani Coal Mine

Published: March 21, 2018

adani coal mine, water, queenslandIf built, Adani’s proposed mega-coal mine will be the largest in Australia and one of the largest in the world.

The mine puts at risk water resources that are the lifeblood of Central Queensland. These sources include rivers, ancient springs, and aquifers of the Great Artesian Basin (GAB) adjoining the mine, which are all vital in times of drought.

Read and download the full referenced fact sheet here.

The GAB is our greatest inland water resource - it covers 22% of Australia. Sometimes the Basin expels water from deep underground up to the surface, in the form of natural springs.

The Adani coal mine will:

  • Suck out at least 270 billion litres of groundwater over the life of the mine
  • Put aquifers of the Great Artesian Basin at risk
  • Dump mine polluted wastewater into the Carmichael River
  • Threaten ancient springs- 160 wetlands that provide permanent water during drought
  • Leave behind 6 unfilled coal pits that will drain millions of litres of groundwater forever

Adani’s associated water licence allows unlimited access to groundwater for 60 years for free.

Read and download the full referenced fact sheet here.

Facts in response to Adani claims about water impacts

 

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