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Protesters set to rally against Australia's biggest coal project

Protesters set to rally against Australia's biggest coal project
From Reuters - September 16, 2017

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Environmental activists are due to start a week of protests on Sunday against a major coal mining project they say will damage Australias Great Barrier Reef and contribute to global warming.

The A$16.5 billion ($13.20 billion) project has been delayed for more than five years by court challenges from environmentalists and indigenous groups concerned about reef damage, climate change, and the impact on native land and water supply.

The challenges failed and a workers camp opened in August to begin building the projects $3.2 billion first stage.

The Frontline Action on Coal and the Reef Defenders groups are to start their protests at Bowen, in the Whitsunday region of Queensland where the reef is situated.

Paul Jukes, a Whitsunday farmer and tourism operator, told Reuters by telephone that the demonstrations would start with a march but could extend to direct action such as activists locking themselves to equipment to prevent it from being moved.

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