An Indian court fined Adani $975,000 over environmental damage caused when the MV Rak sank off the coast of Mumbai.
An Indian court fined Adani $975,000 over environmental damage caused when the MV Rak sank off the coast of Mumbai. The Hindu

Environmental report warns about Adani's track record

AN INDIAN court fined Adani nearly $1 million after the company failed to clean up damage caused when an unseaworthy ship sank off Mumbai, a new environmental report has revealed.

But the mining company is appealing the decision.

Legal group Environmental Justice Australia released on Wednesday a compilation of Adani's court records titled The Adani Brief.

Environmental groups have warned a repeat could devastate the Great Barrier Reef and Queensland's tourism industry.

The file contained previously unreported information about the sinking of the MV Rak off Mumbai in 2011. The ship was unseaworthy and was carrying 60,000 tonnes of coal Adani had mined in India.

Late last year the Indian National Green Tribunal found Adani did not clean up the coal and oil the ship spilled for at least five years.

The court fined Adani Enterprises, the parent company of the Carmichael mine's Adani Mining, $975,000 for failing to clean up the environmental damage.

Adani is appealing the decision claiming they did not own, operate or captain the ship.

EJA lawyer Ariane Wilkinson said a similar event off the coast of Queensland could severely damage the reef.

"With Adani Group's international track record, its plan to ship Carmichael coal out of Abbot Point port and through the fragile Great Barrier Reef is of serious concern, especially given Australia lacks an emergency response plan and funding for dealing with this kind of shipping incident as demonstrated by the Shen Neng 1 coal ship grounding, which has still not been cleaned up six years later," she said.

But an Adani spokesman said Australian pilots with satellite assistance took all ships going through the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

The spokesman said there had never been a coal ship sink inside the Great Barrier Reef marine park. He said the 2010 sinking of the Shen Neng 1 did not occur in the protected area and courts had found the crash was due to captain error.

The EJA report also says the current Adani Mining CEO was in charge of a Zambian copper mine when it polluted a river in 2010. The document claims Adani did not tell the Australian Government about this.


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