Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Supreme Court declines costs in coal vs climate case

Supreme Court declines costs in coal vs climate case

West Coast Environment Network does not have to pay $60,000 in legal costs sought by coal miners Bathurst Resources, Solid Energy and the West Coast Regional and Buller District Councils in a climate change case that went to the Supreme Court. But Bathurst Resources is still seeking nearly $300,000 in costs from the group on other cases.

West Coast Environment Network lost an appeal on whether the climate change impacts of mining coal should be taken into account by the Resource Management Act. Yesterday the Supreme Court declined to award costs against it.

“It was disappointing to lose the case; that this loophole still allows coal companies avoid responsibility for their climate impacts,” says West Coast Environment Network spokesperson Lynley Hargreaves. “But we're heartened that the Supreme Court has recognised that it was an important question on an unclear piece of law.” The Supreme Court found that the underlying issue of law was difficult and its resolution had a significance which went well beyond the present case.

In the interim, however, Bathurst Resources has sought $270,000 costs from the West Coast Environment Network for its role in the Environment Court Hearing on the Denniston Case and is also seeking almost $30,000 in costs regarding the High Court appeals including those taken by the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society. The coal miner is not seeking costs against the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


'Public Safety': Next Firearms Reform Plan Announced

The next Arms Amendment Bill will:

• Establish a register of firearms and licence holders to be rolled out over 5 years
• Tighten the rules to get and keep a firearms licence
• Tighten the rules for gun dealers to get and keep a licence
• Require licences to be renewed every five years
• Introduce a new system of warning flags so Police can intervene and seek improvement if they have concerns about a licence holder’s behaviour
• Prohibit visitors to New Zealand from buying a gun... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Being Australia's Pacific Go-Fers

Inevitably, there was an aspect of ‘what might have been’ about the weekend’s meeting in Canberra between PM Jacinda Ardern and her Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison... More>>


RNZ: Trades Hall Bombing Case Re-Opened, Evidence Released

The cold case has been reopened and the police have recently revealed more details about the bomb's components - including that it was wrapped in a 1977 edition of The Evening Post. More>>

Safety: Govt Targets Fewer Deaths On The Road

“Most roads deaths and serious injuries are preventable and too many New Zealanders have lost their lives or been seriously injured in crashes that could have been prevented by road safety upgrades,” said Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. More>>


Pay Rise Delay: Teachers Unions Plan Legal Action Against Novopay

Both of the teachers unions - NZEI and the PPTA - have confirmed they will be taking legal action against Novopay. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On What’s Wrong With Wellington

For many Wellingtonians, it hasn’t been the normal hardships – the workings of central government and the lousy weather – that have recently pushed their tolerance into the red zone. It has been the inability of local government to maintain even the basics. More>>


Emission Statement: 'Consensus Reached' On Agriculture

Today the Government launched a consultation document, informed by the work of the Interim Climate Change Committee (ICCC), on how to bring agriculture into the emissions trading scheme, a key part of the Government’s plan to tackle climate change and reduce New Zealand’s emissions. More>>





InfoPages News Channels