Adani thumbs its nose at activists, says they’re too late to stop ‘first coal’

Adani subsidiary Bravus has told activists if they wanted to stop its first coal exports from Carmichael mine they were too late.

Dec 01, 2021, updated Dec 01, 2021
The Bowen Rail Company's trains heading to the coast.

The Bowen Rail Company's trains heading to the coast.

Earlier this week, activists from Frontline Action on Coal chained themselves to Adani’s rail line in a bid to stop the trains taking coal from the mine to the port at Abbot Point, near Bowen.

It notched up another confrontation in a battle that has been raging since before the construction of the thermal coal mine in central Queensland began.

But Bravus said they were too late.

“Today Frontline Action on Coal are claiming they stopped our first coal train, but looks like they’re a bit late to the party,’’ Bravus posted on social media.

It pointed to a video of one of its trains carrying coal as a part of the testing and commissioning program of the rail line.

The video was several days old.

Adani has consistently refused to reveal its timetable on transporting its coal, saying only that it would occur before the end of the year. 

Activist group Frontline Action on Coal said it was expecting Adani “to do a big PR moment for first coal at some point soon”.

“Yesterday’s train was mostly full, two weeks ago we also stopped a train that was half full. All that coal is coming from the Carmichael mine, and while PR has its own power it is coal we are worried about.

“So we will keep watching them and keep stopping their coal shipments regardless of when they say it is their official first coal,” the group said.

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Another activist group, Stop Adani, added another bizarre protest today when about 20 people started playing a game of cricket at the Sydney headquarters of the State Bank of India in Sydney today. SBI has been in talks with Adani over potential funding for the Carmichael mine and the cricket game was an attempt to job the memory of a pitch invasion at the SCG last year during the Australia-India match.

Bravus and Adani have been critical of the protestors attaching themselves to infrastructure like the rail line. The company said the activists were continuing to dice with death by locking onto train lines and locomotives on the heavily utilised Aurizon rail line, which links to its own line.

“The people who help these anti-coal activists to lock onto rail lines and trains should also take a long hard look at themselves and ask what kind of person puts someone’s life at risk like that?

“They should think about what it would be like to make the terrible call to parents, friends and family to say someone they helped lock onto a train was dead or in hospital.

“Everyone has the right to express their opinion, provided they are doing so in a way that is legal, safe and does not put themselves, our employees or community members in harm’s way.’’

Police have this morning cut the anti-coal activists off the rail line and are now removing them from a train further up the line.


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