A huge US$6.3 billion Australian coal mine to be built by Indian infrastructure giant GVK was given the green light Thursday under strict environmental conditions to protect the Great Barrier Reef.
Environment Minister Tony Burke said he had approved the Alpha Coal project in Queensland’s coal-rich Galilee Basin with 19 caveats relating to the protection of local wetlands, threatened species and the iconic reef.
“My decision has been based on a thorough and rigorous assessment of the proposal taking into account the advice of my department and independent scientific advice,” Burke said in a statement.