MELBOURNE Feb 27 Environmentalists launched an
appeal on Thursday to overturn a permit granted for an
Australian coal port to dump millions of cubic metres of sand
near the Great Barrier Reef, arguing it fails to protect the
World Heritage site.
An independent agency charged with protecting the reef
granted a permit in January for 3 million cubic metres of soil
dredged up at the port of Abbot Point to be dumped about 25 km
(15 miles) from the reef.
The North Queensland Conservation Council filed a challenge
to the permit at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in Brisbane
The port is being expanded for $16 billion worth of coal
projects planned in the untapped Galilee Basin by two Indian
firms, Adani Enterprises and GVK, and
Australian billionaire Gina Rinehart.
(Reporting by Sonali Paul; Editing by Paul Tait)