Green groups lost a fight to stop billionaire Gina Rinehart and India's GVK from building a giant coal mine in Australia, as a court on Friday dismissed an appeal against the state of Queensland's environmental approval for the project.
Conservation group Coast and Country, originally working for three farmers, had sought to have the state environmental approval for GVK-Hancock's 30 million tons a year Alpha mine overturned based on the impact it would have on water supply and climate change.
The state Land Court last year ruled that the mine should be approved with strict water management conditions or rejected.
But the green group appealed that decision to the Supreme Court saying the Land Court did not have the right to issue two alternative recommendations and should have rejected the mine outright.
The Queensland Supreme Court dismissed the appeal on Friday.
The ruling eliminated one hurdle for the $10 billion Alpha mine, rail and port project, which has effectively been put on ice until it obtains a mining permit and overcomes a lack of funding due to a slump in coal prices.