Ho Ho Ho! There *is* a Santa after all! Australia coal baron Clive Palmer ordered to pay costs after 2nd failure to overturn licence refusal for $6.5billion coal mine intended for exports. Land Court President Fleur Kingham: “Wherever the coal is burnt the emissions will contribute to environmental harm, including in Queensland.”

Clive Palmer fails in second attempt to overturn $6.5 billion coal mine refusal by Rex Martinich, 24 November 2023, reneweconomy

Clive Palmer’s mining company will have to pay costs after dropping its second attempt to overturn a licence refusal for a proposed $6.5 billion coal project.

Businessman Clive Palmer has dropped his second appeal against a $6.5 billion coal mine being blocked over “unacceptable climate change impacts”.

The Queensland government in April denied an environmental licence to Waratah Coal, which is owned by Mr Palmer’s company Mineralogy, for a coal project in the Galilee Basin.

The decision was recommended by the Land Court in November last year, which ruled the proposal to extract up to 56 million tonnes of coal a year “risks unacceptable climate change impacts” on the environment and on human rights.

Hello corrupt cowards at AER and UCP/Take Back Alberta into the Cave. Alberta needs some integral courageous humans like on this Ozzie Land Court to say “NO!” to Gina Reinhart’s bullshit 2nd attempt at Grassy Mountain Coal Mine.

Land Court President Fleur Kingham found that even though the mine was intended for exports, “wherever the coal is burnt the emissions will contribute to environmental harm, including in Queensland”.

Indigenous-led activist group Youth Verdict had also opposed the project over its claimed impact on human and cultural rights.

Waratah Coal, starting in December last year, filed two lawsuits in the Brisbane Supreme Court against the Queensland Department of Environment, the Land Court and Ms Kingham as well as multiple climate change activists in an attempt to overturn the licence refusal.Bully coal company, just like Gina’s Throwback or whatever the hell her rude invasive destructive company is now called.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Helen Bowskill on Wednesday granted an application by Waratah Coal to discontinue the last of the appeals and ordered the mining company to pay costs.

Comment has been sought from the Waratah Coal and the activists’ legal defence team.

The Department of Environment’s licence refusal could still be subject to challenge via an investor-state dispute arbitration brought by Mr Palmer’s Singapore-registered company Zeph Investments against the Australian government.

There is rarely fairness or justice in investor dispute arbitration results except for raping companies, so I expect the rich coal fucker will get richer and the citizenry poorer. But, that’s just money; more money can be made but we cannot make another livable planet or a new atmosphere. For now, a tiny bit of earth is at peace from human rape and pollution, which is crucial.

Zeph Investments has claimed damages of $41.3 billion from Australia allegedly breaching its free trade agreements over mineral exploration permits held by Waratah Coal in the Galilee Basin.

The federal Attorney-General’s Department has previously labelled the claims “unsubstantiated” and indicated it will “vigorously defend the claim.”

Ken Dyer:

Good to see the courts sending Palmer packing.


Did Palmer seriously believe that it would be economically viable?

RobertO Martin:

Hi Martin

He not required too!

He is after compensation (pay me the profit I could have made)!

Billionaire Gina is likely after the same free money for lost fabricated profits. So gross how our corrupt weak politicians/courts set up the rich getting richer off the backs of ordinary citizens via these secretive unjust unfair serve-only-the-rich investor arbitration quacks. Humans starve and our livable planet becomes unlivable while billionaires steal more billions. Demented greed.

Refer also to:

Rhode Island vs 21 Oil & Gas Companies: Judge William Smith characterized operations “leading to all kinds of displacement, death (extinctions, even), and destruction….Defendants understood the consequences of their activity decades ago…. But instead of sounding the alarm, Defendants went out of their way to becloud the emerging scientific consensus and further delay changes – however existentially necessary – that would in any way interfere with their multi-billion-dollar profits.”

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