by Catherine Delahunty
I am concerned that the interim decision of the Environment Court does not rule out the mining of the Denniston Plateau. The interim decision of the Environment Court acknowledges that the Denniston Plateau has high biodiversity values which would be impacted by mining and that the situation is too close to call.
However the decision then goes on to suggest that “appropriate and robust” conditions could address the risks to biodiversity. We are not convinced that any conditions on an open cast mine could mitigate the reality of a large hole dug deep into this unique ecosystem.
There are some places where the mining is a bad idea. A coal mine in the heart of the iconic Denniston area is a bad idea that many New Zealanders oppose. New Zealanders love our unique and awesome wild places and want to see them protected.
We will continue to call on all decision makers to refuse Bathurst Mines attempts to mine it.