Rare Australian species the yakka skink and the ornamental snake have brought plans for Australia’s largest coal mine to a halt.
The approval of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine in central Queensland was overturned by the Federal Court after finding that Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt failed to properly consider advice about the two threatened species
Carmichael Coal Mine
In July 2014, Indian mining giant Adani received Federal Government approval to build a AU$16.5 billion open cut and underground coal mine in the Galilee Basin and a 189 kilometre railway line from the mine to Moranbah.
The mine is anticipated to yield 60 million tonnes of coal for export each year, overtaking GDF Suez’s Hazelwood coal mine as the largest in Australia.