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Queensland cancels fine on Adani affiliate over unauthorized water release

The Queensland government in Australia canceled a A$12,190 fine on Adani Enterprises Ltd. affiliate Abbot Point Operations Pty. Ltd. over the unauthorized release of sediment water during Cyclone Debbie in 2017, The Australian reported May 21.

Abbot Point was fined in July 2017 after it released sediment water containing solids at 806 milligrams per liter during the cyclone, way beyond the 100 milligram-per-liter limit the firm was allowed under a temporary license.

Abbot Point contested the penalty in court, but the state's Environment and Heritage Protection department reportedly agreed to end the dispute in exchange for Abbot Point building a A$100,000 real-time water quality monitoring system at the discharge point of its settlement ponds.

Before that, Abbot Point also pledged A$15 million to upgrade infrastructure at the site, including increased water storage, higher levee banks and better piping, the report said.

The development comes amid mounting pressure for the Queensland government to approve Adani's long-delayed Carmichael coal project.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is a member of the Labor party, whose tough stance against coal and mining was seen as a key factor in its loss in the state during the recent federal elections.

Adani's shares climbed by up to 29% following the Australian elections, Mint reported May 20.