(Flinders University, 2019-06-06)
Werner, Adrian D; Love, Andrew James; Irvine, Dylan; Banks, Edward Wallace; Cartwright, Ian; Webb, John; Currell, Matthew
(1) Adani appears likely to have significantly under-estimated future impacts to the Doongmabulla Springs Complex (DSC) arising from the Carmichael Mine.
(2) Should the Carmichael Mine cause springs within the DSC to cease flowing, this impact may be irreversible.
(3) The safeguard against DSC impacts proposed by Adani, namely Adaptive Management, is unsuitable and unlikely to protect the DSC from severe degradation or cessation of flow.
(4) Possible cumulative impacts to the DSC from other mining activities in the Galilee Basin have not been adequately considered.
We conclude that the DSC face a legitimate threat of extinction due to the Carmichael Mine project.