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My Diary nearly halfway through November 2017

14 Nov

.https://auntyuta.com/2017/11/14/burning-for-over-100-years-jharkhands-underground-fire-affects-5-lakh-500000-people/

I just published the above post and talked to Peter about it. He says I should say in my own words what I feel about it. It is good advice for I have some rather passionate feelings about it,especially since Peter pointed out to me how the ADANI company is presumably involved in all these dealings. How so?

As far as I know, quite a significant number of Indian power stations are still operated with coal. When I looked under “coal” in THE HINDU, I noticed this article from November 01, 2017:

http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/coal-stocks-start-building-up-at-power-plants-says-secretary/article19962323.ece

I understand that the Indian Government wants to see to it that a sufficient power supply is guaranteed.

I have not found out yet, whether at present Australia does export coal to India. But I found in THE HINDU a recent article that Australia wants to export ADANI coal to China:

http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/australia-notified-china-of-adani-coal-mine-approvals-in-letter/article19924918.ece

I found the following article from June 2016:

http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/Adani-may-abandon-Australian-coal-mine-project/article14386236.ece?gclid=CjwKCAiAoqXQBRA8EiwAIIOWspXkDxMbToHeWP8UR58tDj8l57SCxod9TMG3TmZwB637N5I_UjGcnhoCKpEQAvD_BwE

“Adani may abandon Australian coal mine project
PTI MELBOURNE, JUNE 05, 2016 12:56 IST
UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 16, 2016 10:50 IST
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In this June 23, 2015 photo, Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani speaks with Australia’s Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb at the Australia India CEO Forum in New Delhi.
Gautam Adani tells “The Australian” that the project was yet to receive the green light after six years of environmental assessments and court battles.

Bogged by a six-year delay, Adani may pull out from the proposed $21.5 billion rail and mine project in Australia amid a series of legal challenges from environmental groups against the Indian energy giant’s plans to build one of the world’s largest coal mines.

Stating that he was “disappointed”, the company’s founder and chairman Gautam Adani told The Australian newspaper that the “pit to plug” project was yet to receive the green light after six years of environmental assessments and court battles.

“You can’t continue just holding. I have been really disappointed that things have got too delayed,” Mr. Adani said.

Mr. Adani said he hoped the court challenges to Australia’s largest proposed coalmine would be finalised in early 2017.

However, with one court case yet to be heard in the Federal Court, and at least two groups threatening High Court action, Mr. Adani warned he could not wait indefinitely.

Mr. Adani said that he was already scouting alternatives to feed his power stations in India.

Confirming he had met Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull in December 2015 to seek to deliver greater certainty on such projects, Mr. Adani said, “We were suggesting how to bring in the certainty of the timing.

“We were asking how we get certainty of the time schedules… that is the most important for us in committing all of our resources.”

“It’s just covering up the real fact that what is damaging the reef is an increase in the temperature of the seas through climate change,” he said.

Another new Federal Court challenge to the mining lease for Carmichael, issued by the Palaszczuk Labour government, will be heard this year.

Mr. Adani said he originally believed the approvals process would take two to three years and that he has already spent $3 billion buying the tenements and the Abbot Point port lease.

The company is still exploring the financing issue of the project.

Mr. Adani said if there were no more unexpected delays, he had confidence that the project would get financing and “still be competitive” against other alternative sources of coal in India and Indonesia.

Adani Australia chief executive Jeyakumar Janakaraj said the co-ordinated campaign by anti-coal activists to block the mine had damaged Australia’s international reputation.

He said the business community in India had expressed concern about future investment in Australia. “I think it has already turned off a lot of switches. I am not saying it is going to be permanent, but there has been damage.”

Mr. Turnbull’s office did not comment on Saturday about Mr. Adani’s call for greater certainty to the approvals process. But the government has argued that all commonwealth approvals are in place and there are no remaining federal obstacles to the project proceeding.

Adani’s coal mines plan in Australia has been hampered time and again. A federal court in August 2015 had revoked the original approval due to environmental concerns.

In October 2015, the project got a new lease of life after the Australian government gave its re-approval.

Australia’s Queensland State government in April 2016 gave Adani permission to mine coal reserves estimated at 11 billion tonnes and to build roads, workshops, power lines and pipelines associated with the mine.

Environmentalists are fighting the approvals, saying the project will jeopardise the State’s future and destroy national treasures like the Great Barrier Reef.

 

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