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STATEMENT FROM ADANI 10 August 2018

Adani categorically denies the claims by the ABC that it has been attempting to hide information relating to matters surrounding its management of the effects of Cyclone Debbie. These reports are misleading and do not contain an accurate account of events. Adani was simply concerned that certain content requested by the Mackay Conservation Council under Right to Information provisions would not be read in the full context of the situation, and may be selectively used to attempt to damage Adani. The Department of Environment and Science (previously the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection) issued a Temporary Emissions Licence (TEL) in anticipating of flooding associated with Cyclone Debbie. The TEL authorised: (a) (b)

releases from release point W1 to wetland areas; and releases from release point W2 to port waters.

These release points are unrelated and are located at different areas of the terminal. TEL requirements were complied with in respect of these release points. An assessment carried out by the Queensland Government’s (then) Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation following Cyclone Debbie (published by report dated July 2017) stated: “Although there were indications of recent flooding, there was little visual evidence of coal fines across the whole of the wetland. This is consistent with trace levels (<1%) of coal measured at most sites…there did not appear to be any impediment to growth of wetland plants in this area as new growth, in response to the recent flooding, was evident.” The CSIRO also contributed to this assessment, stating: “Satellite imagery collected after Tropical Cyclone Debbie appeared to show dark waters downstream of a release point extending into the wetland. Consistent with a temporary emissions licence (TEL), the coal terminal operator… sampled the stormwater release as soon as practicable and safe. The results of testing indicated that the release into the wetland was below the thresholds set in the licence condition." (Source: https://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/management/pdf/caley-valley-wetlandsassessment-impacts-cyclone-debbie.pdf)


Tropical Cyclone Debbie was a severe cyclone (Category 4) that hit the Queensland coast in March 2017. The cyclone brought extremely high rainfall and winds over 150 km/hr to the Bowen and Abbot Point region. The terminal has a comprehensive water management system in place to ensure it does not adversely impact neighbouring wetlands or the marine environment. This water management system operated effectively during the cyclone. The TEL was properly applied for in the context of a cyclonic weather event and was granted by the Department. The initial application for the TEL did apply to both release points W1 and W2. A clerical error by the regulator during the issue of the TEL meant W2 was initially omitted and was later added after the regulator was notified of the mistake. TEL requirements were complied with in respect of release points W1 and W2. We fully cooperated with the regulator and are confident we have complied with all environmental requirements of the TEL. We have therefore elected to have the matter heard by a Magistrate rather than pay a fine which should not have been issued. We look forward to a resolution of the matter. ENDS

Statement from Adani - APB Cyclone Debbie  

Adani categorically denies the claims by the ABC that it has been attempting to hide information relating to matters surrounding its managem...

Statement from Adani - APB Cyclone Debbie  

Adani categorically denies the claims by the ABC that it has been attempting to hide information relating to matters surrounding its managem...

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