The Australian government has approved a massive underground coal mine and rail project that would produce 60 million tonnes of coal a year.
The mine could potentially become one of the largest mines in the world and would. It would be able to provide electricity for up to 100 million people.
The decision has angered many conservationists who say it may threaten the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier reef is one of the world’s most famous wonders of nature.
In particular the conservationists are worried about the plans to ship the coal from the mine through the reef coast.
They are also concerned about plans that would allow the mining company to dredge material from the seabed so large boats can dock.
However, the Australian government say there will be strict rules to limit any damage.
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