News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Forest and Bird welcomes Cypress Mine protest


Forest and Bird welcomes Cypress Mine protest and Happy Valley occupation

Forest and Bird today welcomed a student-led occupation of the proposed Happy Valley Cypress coal mine site in the upper Waimangaroa catchment on the West Coast. It called on the Government to instruct state-owned Solid Energy to withdraw the resource consent applications for the open cast mine.

"Conservation Minister Chris Carter's decision to allow the Pike mine means the impressive Pike River valley is to be sacrificed for a huge export coal mine. This protest by students from Massey, Victoria and Otago universities highlights why the loss of another magnificent area for a further export coal mine is unacceptable," Forest and Bird field officer, Eugenie Sage said.

"The occupation reflects the anger conservationists feel at pollution from the nearby Stockton coal mine and the ongoing destruction of a spectacular landscape and important kiwi and giant land snail habitat by mining in the Waimangaroa area."

"With the coal lobby calling for more mining, it is important that New Zealanders realise the major damage that mining causes in places like the Denniston Plateau," she said. "The students deserve support."

"The ongoing pollution and damage from Solid Energy's current mine at Stockton mean the company's claims to environmental responsibility lack credibility. The proposed Cypress mine would have severe impacts including habitat loss and water pollution," she said.

"Acid mine drainage from the Stockton mine has made the once beautiful Mangatini Stream a dead waterway and polluted the lower Ngakawau River. Seepage from the large water treatment lake near Mt Frederick pollutes the headwaters of the Waimangaroa River."

"The upper Waimangaroa is a strikingly beautiful area, with the tussock-filled basin of Happy Valley sharply contrasting to the broad sandstone "pavements" of the plateau. Mining has already destroyed much of the Denniston plateau, now Solid Energy wants to mine what's left," she said.

Resource consent hearings on the Cypress mine applications are likely in May. Forest and Bird's submissions on the consent applications opposed the mine because of its environmental impacts.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news