Environment Court decision fails Waihi residents
19 November 2012
Environment Court decision fails
“It’s disappointing that the
Environment Court has sided with foreign-owned mining giant
Newmont, over concerned Waihi residents,” said Green Party
terrestrial mining spokesperson Catherine Delahunty.
Ms Delahunty was responding to the Environment Court
decision released this evening, that recommended approval of
Newmont’s application to increase the depths of their
underground operations at the Martha Mine, to carry out
underground operations 24 hours a day, seven days a week,
and to extend the hours of blasting. Ms Delahunty and locals
submitted to the Court in favour of restricting the hours of
operations and against extending the hours of blasting.
“Most submitters were not outright opposed to the
proposal, they simply wanted reasonable restrictions placed
on operations. It’s a shame that these reasonable demands
were ignored,” said Ms Delahunty.
“It is clear
from this hearing that the law does not protect the most
vulnerable residents in Waihi from the effects of mining.
“Once again Waihi residents will pay the price in
further disruption to their lives so that Newmont can make
more profit that will flow offshore.
Mine at Waihi has not brought prosperity to the people.
Waihi rates poorly on New Zealand’s deprivation index.
“Energy Minister Phil Heatley must approve Newmont’s
application before their new work programme can begin, and I
am calling on Minister Heatley to refuse to approve it
without the reasonable restrictions to operations that the
Environment Court failed to impose,” said Ms Delahunty.
Newmont is also seeking consent for a significant new
mine, called the Correnso Mine, under the eastern
residential area of Waihi. The hearings for the Correnso
Mine begin next
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