Police were called to a Carmichael coal project work site today after a protester locked himself on to a concrete batch plant.
Frontline Action on Coal, sharing news of the action on social media, identified the protester as Magnetic Island man Barney Jackson.
FLAC shared his comments: “I grew up on Magnetic Island on the Great Barrier Reef and I’ve seen the damage and pressures that are being put on the reef, something that the Adani coal mine will exacerbate. If anything is sacred; it’s water. If there is no water we all die, humans included. Water is life says it all.”
He was removed from the plant about 11am after ‘disrupting work since the very early hours of this morning’, the group said.
Carmichael mine developer Bravus, formerly Adani Australia, said the anti-fossil fuel protester had travelled more than 300km inland from the Queensland coast to a Carmichael rail site, to protest about protecting the Great Barrier Reef.
“Over the past decade activists have unsuccessfully tried to use the Australian legal system to argue that Adani’s Carmichael mine should not be approved because of the emissions created when coal is used to generate electricity overseas and the impact that would have on the Great Barrier Reef. These challenges have been unsuccessful as the facts have spoken for themselves and construction of the mine and rail project is well underway,” a spokeswoman said.
The Carmichael coal project’s water use is also the subject of protests and is being challenged in the Federal Court, with the Australian Conservation Foundation appealing the Morrison Government’s decision to approve its North Galilee Water Scheme Project.
Bravus has a licence to take up to 12.5GL of water per year from the Suttor River when the river is in flood, but says it can only take water after farmers and other users have taken the water they need.
Like other industrial users, it will have to pay for the river water
It also says activists are incorrect in stating that the mine will draw water from the Great Artesian Basin, as that is separated from the mining area by a layer of impermeable claystone.