Hope there are no Black Throated Finches up there
I also thought of Adani. If Adani is under the fast-track approvals process, I'd hate to see the slow version.
the impression that I have gained from Adani ( impressions can be false ) is that their submissions appear to be done and submitted in a manner that the approval authorities find the submissions to be deliberately misleading , which some of their public statements appear to make "misleading" a defining characteristic.
If this perception is correct, it does explain why their applications take so long, and their ongoing failures to live up to their "undertakings" in NSW does not help their case . No wonder the broader Green supporters are getting wide publicity.
Whilst I am not totally opposed to mining, coal or any other mineral, miners need to understand that mining is not the be all and end all. At some point the mine closes, rehabilitation should be implemented, and the new landscape needs to be productive. It is NOT their land, it belongs to all of us collectively.
No miner has the right to totally devastate a region, for the simple reason is that future generations also need to use that landscape for non mining purposes.
Wildlife also needs to use the landscape, we do need birds, insects, reptiles, and other animals, and we need native vegetation for them as well.
The other day I had an Indian ( as in India, the subcontinent ) taxi driver lament how India is destroying its natural habitat, and that birds are now almost non existent in towns and cities. Can you really imagine Australia without its parrots and magpies for example ?
While most of us go on our merry way, we subconsciously notice our wildlife without giving it too much immediate notice, but you will quickly become aware of its absence, and once gone, it is unlikely to return.
Mining and employment are important, but so is our environment.