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Pike River Mine Development Conservation Noted

15 September 2008

Pike River Mine Development Conservation Recognition

The Pike River coal mine development on the West Coast has been recognised for its “environmental consideration” by the Department of Conservation.

Pike River Coal Limited has received a certificate of appreciation from the West Coast Conservancy for the “consideration it has demonstrated in establishing its mining facilities”.

Pike River chief executive Gordon Ward says “an integrated and sustained effort over two years by mine management, staff and construction contractors has successfully minimised the environmental effects from developing the mine in the Paparoa Ranges”.

“We deeply appreciate the Department of Conservation’s acknowledgement of those efforts and this gives us further encouragement to maintain efforts going forward into mining.” Pike River’s mine is located under land managed by the Department of Conservation and there are strict conditions for access and mining of the premium hard coking coal deposit.

As well as meeting the terms of its access and consent conditions, Pike River is directly investing in the health of its scenic environment by safeguarding significant features like the giant rimu and totara trees and endeavouring to rid the local catchment of pests and predators.

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