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Labor asked to reassess decisions about coal and gas projects made by previous governments



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As many as 19 huge coal and gasoline proposals in Australia could possibly be pressured to be assessed for potential injury to species and environments — by way of their impacts on local weather change — if a brand new authorized software is profitable. 

In accordance with one professional, if the applying reaches the courts, it could set a precedent, forcing the consideration of local weather change in assessments of fossil gasoline tasks beneath Australia’s federal surroundings legal guidelines for the primary time.

The Atmosphere Council of Central Queensland (ECCQ) has written to federal Atmosphere Minister Tanya Plibersek, formally requesting that she rethink how 19 coal and gasoline mission approvals are assessed beneath federal surroundings legislation, and to contemplate the broader results of local weather change and the way emissions from these tasks may injury environments. 

Represented by legal professionals at Atmosphere Justice Australia, the environmental group argues these 19 coal and gasoline tasks are prone to injury 2,121 issues of nationwide environmental significance, together with the Nice Barrier Reef, koalas and dugongs. 

A coal-fired power plant
The ECCQ argues the coal and gasoline tasks will worsen local weather change, impacting 1000’s of species and environments.(Reuters: Jason Lee)

ECCQ president Christine Carlisle defined what her group was searching for.

“We’re asking the minister to rethink these assessments within the mild of the big quantity of proof that we have given to her concerning the affect of local weather change on issues that she’s required to contemplate,” Ms Carlisle mentioned.

The tasks topic to the authorized requests embrace Whitehaven’s Narrabri coal mine, Clive Palmer’s Waratah coal mine and Woodside’s North West Shelf Project Extension

A few of the selections — about what kind of impacts the tasks had been prone to have — had been made by ministers or their representatives a decade or extra in the past.

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