Black wetland photograph 'misleading', Adani says

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April 11, 2017 17:02:17

Inspections of Adani’s operations at the Abbot Point Coal Terminal in north Queensland show it is meeting environmental regulations, the Indian mining giant says.

Conservation groups have accused the company of releasing sediment-laden water into the Caley Valley Wetlands following Cyclone Debbie after images taken of the area were published.

Adani said testing conducted over the past few days showed it had met the conditions of the temporary emissions licence (TEL) issued by Queensland’s Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

“Aerial photographs showing the Caley Valley Wetlands as black are misleading and are not representative of the water quality in the wetland, nor is it supported by visual inspections since Cyclone Debbie, as evidenced by the photos which were taken on April 10,” an Adani spokesman said.

“Adani is committed to ensuring that the environment in which it operates is kept free from harm and its ability to comply with the strict environmental conditions at the site demonstrates its environmental management credentials.”

The spokesman said further testing at the Abbot Point Coal Terminal could take up to a week before being finalised.

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection has been contacted for comment.

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