‘Actions speak louder than words’ says Adani
But chief executive Lucas Dow said ultimately actions would speak louder than words.
“Today we met with officials from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) and the Coordinator General to put a timeline on finalising the outstanding management plans for the Carmichael Project once and for all,” Mr Dow said.
“We welcome the intervention from the Premier to get the Coordinator General involved, to ensure these approvals are concluded in a timely manner.
Today’s meeting was constructive and a positive step. We have been asking for clarity of timing and process for more than seven months now, and we are now more confident than ever that we will receive it.
“There are a couple of elements to finalise with the Coordinator General and I will be doing that this afternoon and tomorrow morning.
“Assuming that all goes to plan, the Premier will be in a position to publish the process and timeframes formally.”
While final details were still being nutted out, he said the company believed the timeframes discussed to date were sensible and achievable.
“Ultimately however, actions speak louder than words. We look forward to the Coordinator General working to ensure that the agreed timeframes are met,” Mr Dow said.
“We are not being pig-headed about finalising these plans and will work with state government officials as quickly as possible in order to move forward.”
He said DES had been reviewing the groundwater management plans for the Carmichael coal project for more than two years, across 11 versions, and had access to CSIRO and Geoscience Australia’s previous assessments for over six weeks.