5:47pm March 5, 2014
Greenpeace wants the federal government to stop a coal miner carrying out seismic surveys in Queensland's Galilee Basin until threats to a rare bird are assessed.
The group claims India's Adani Mining may have breached environmental laws by failing to seek testing approval in an area where an endangered black-throated finch lives.
Greenpeace spokeswoman Louise Matthiesson says seismic surveys at Adani's planned Carmichael mine will likely involve clearing 4000 hectares of habitat.
"Greenpeace has expert scientific advice that the exploration work has the potential to have a significant impact on the finch," she said.
Any activity that could adversely affect an endangered species must be referred to the federal environment department for assessment.