Thursday, March 09, 2017

Adani – Coal Spill Devastation

In 2011 an unseaworthy coal ship chartered by Adani Enterprises Ltd sunk off the coast of Mumbai, spilling over 60,000 tonnes of coal and a massive amount of oil into the ocean. Adani did nothing to clean up the mess for five long years. Meanwhile, the spill destroyed mangroves, polluted beaches, and seriously damaged Mumbai’s marine life and tourism industry.

Illegal dredging and clearing.

In the coastal town of Mundra in India, a subsidiary company of Adani ports has left devastation in the wake of its coal-fired power station - ignoring environmental regulation and development permits to illegally clear 75 hectares of protected mangroves, dredge the ocean, and block waterways. As a result fish stocks were decimated, and the groundwater turned saline.

Villagers reported the company using bribery and intimidation to silence anyone who tried to challenge them.

Water pollution disaster.

In 2010, working for another company, Adani’s Australia CEO Jeyakumar Janakaraj was responsible for the operations of the Konkola Copper Mines in Zambia. The mines discharged acidic, metal-laden water from copper mining into the Kafue River - poisoning water used for cooking, cleaning and bathing. The company later pleaded guilty to criminal charges for pollution and failure to report the incident.

Now Adani Mining wants to build a mine that risks our Great Artesian Basin - the water source for a quarter of Australia.

Bribery and corruption.

In 2011, an Indian state Ombudsman found that parent company Adani Enterprises had bribed police, politicians, customs officials and others to facilitate and hide illegal exports of 7.7 million tonnes of iron ore. The Indian government is currently investigating numerous Adani Group entities for billion dollar fraud to inflate prices and evade taxes.

With so much evidence of corruption and environmental devastation, how can our Government trust Adani with something as precious as our water, our money, and our Great Barrier Reef?

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