The Adani Mine
The Adani Carmichael mine is a proposed coal mine in central Queensland, due to start construction in October. If built, it will be the largest coal mine in Australia, producing 60 million tonnes of coal per year.
The estimated total cost of construction is $21.7 billion, and it will also involve the construction of a 400km railroad connecting it to the coast as well as a sea port within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
The construction of the sea port will require the dredging of the seabed surrounding the Reef, which has already experienced unprecedented damage in recent years, some of which may be irrecoverable. The construction of such a port is thus very likely to induce further damage on an already heavily damaged ecosystem.
The mine is expected to generate $5.5 B in mining royalties in its first 10 years of operation.
Will the building of the adani mine
have enough benefits to outweigh the costs
incurred to the Reef?
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