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Australia’s Queensland government approves controversial coal mine project

  • The Queensland state government today issued the final approvals for the construction of the Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin.
  • The mine’s construction had been halted for years amid campaigns and demonstrations by environmental groups opposed to the project.

The mine is to be constructed by Adani, an Indian company, which had initially planned to make it one of the largest coal mines in the world but has since scaled down the project. Initially, the mine was to create 10,000 direct jobs, but this has since been slashed to 1,500 direct jobs and 6,750 indirect positions.

Although construction work at the site is likely to start in the next few days, Adani still has to wait for further approvals before extracting underground coal from the mine.

Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison is a major supporter of the project.