Adani, GVK win Australian state backing to expand coal port
Queensland’s new state government cleared plans by two Indian companies to expand a port for coal projects that are opposed by green groups worried about pollution and damage to the Great Barrier Reef. The approval, supporting separate mining projects planned by Indian conglomerates—Adani Enterprises and GVK–came as a surprise. The new Labor government had been seen as less supportive of the coal industry than its predecessor conservative government. The previous government, toppled in January in a stunning election outcome, had proposed spending taxpayers’ money to help fund the Abbot Point port expansion and a rail line for Adani’s Carmichael project in the untapped Galilee Basin.