This week has seen a few mining stories floating around the pond. This Government is intent on digging it’s way out of the economic hole we are in. You would think they would know better. Last Monday the front page of the Dompost was dominated by the Government’s plans to investigate the mineral potential under our World Heritage Area. That evening Catherine spoke at a meeting in Tauranga where she found out that a company had been drilling without a consent. On Tuesday we saw mining in marine mammal sanctuaries in the Dompost, and the Government went on the defensive. We found out that according to our Prime Minister it’s okay to look but not touch.
Wednesday TV3 news covered the disposal of fracking fluids straight into a stream back in the 90s. On Thursday both Green Party questions in the house were on mining. Catherine attempted to get the Government to make good their word and give legislative protection against mining to the World Heritage areas that they are looking at. Steven Joyce declined. Gareth held the Minister to account over the issue of the Government’s sham marine sanctuaries, and phosphate mining. Let’s hope next week the Government stops digging and starts listening to our smart green solutions to get us out of this hole.