Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Info on sea life missing from seabed mining application

Crucial information on sea life missing from seabed mining application – KASM

Wellington, 11 March 2014 - Crucial information about the environmental impact of seabed mining is missing from Trans Tasman Resources’ evidence, despite the EPA having requested it, Kiwis Against Seabed Mining told a hearing today.

As part of its Environmental Impact Assessment, TTR “failed to sufficiently address the crucial and, in our submission, central, issue of the effects of the mining on the benthic environment,” KASM lawyer Duncan Currie told the Wellington EPA hearing into TTR’s application to mine the seabed for black sand.

The missing information included, for example, the impact on marine mammals such as whales and Maui’s dolphins, and on fish and other fauna living in the surrounding environment.

This was “a fundamental and crippling failure” around one of the issues at the heart of the seabed mining application: what happens to the sea bed and the creatures that live in it when millions of tonnes of sand are dug up and dumped back on the sea floor.

Read KASM’s opening submission here.

KASM noted that the EPA had requested the missing information. In response, the company had provided tables pointing to its existing evidence. But the information was still missing – as had been pointed out by a number of experts.

KASM called on the EPA’s hearing committee to request TTR to provide the requested information and adjourn in the hearing until it had done so.

Failure to do this would mean that the EPA would be continuing in the face of essential missing information, disadvantaging submitters who need to know TTR’s position in order for them to formulate their submissions, and disadvantaging their expert witnesses. This would be in contravention of the EEZ legislation.

“This company cannot be allowed to mine the sea bed without providing ample scientific information on how this would affect sea life, not least when scientists are saying that this region could be a key feeding ground for the endangered blue whale,” said KASM chairperson Phil McCabe.

KASM also today requested that it be allowed to subpoena one of TTR’s report authors, former NIWA scientist Dr Leigh Torres, whose report on habitat models of Southern right whales, Hector’s dolphins and killer whales in New Zealand, was part of the company’s submission, but was not being put forward as an expert witness.

“Ms Torres is the country’s leading expert on the blue whales, so by submitting a report from her, yet by not putting her up as an expert witness, TTR is preventing cross-examination of her, which we believe is unacceptable,” said McCabe.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Greens: Russel Norman To Stand Down As Co-Leader

Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman has announced today that he will stand down as leader at the party’s Annual General Meeting in May. Dr Norman will remain as Co-leader and retain his finance and climate change portfolios until the AGM.

“After nearly a decade as Co-leader, now is a good time to find a new challenge for myself, and to spend more time with my family” said Dr Norman.

“This is my ninth year as Co-leader and I think it’s time for a change. Now is a good time for new leadership for the Party. My replacement will start from a strengthened base and will have a full parliamentary term to establish himself in the role and take the Greens into government in 2017." More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Eleanor Catton Rumpus

If anyone was in doubt about the accuracy of the comments made in India by Eleanor Catton, the reaction from some quarters here at home has gone a long way to proving her point… More>>

ALSO:

More Rent Assistance, Less State-Owned Housing: John Key Speech - Next Steps In Social Housing

"We are going to ensure that more people get into social housing over the next three years, whether that is run by Housing New Zealand or a community provider. The social housing budget provides for around 62,000 income-related rent subsidies a year. We are committed to increasing that to around 65,000 subsidies by 2017/18, which will cost an extra $40 million a year." More>>

ALSO:

The Future Of Work: Andrew Little - State Of The Nation 2015

In 2005 when I led the EPMU we worked together with Air New Zealand to find a way to keep engineering jobs that were heading overseas. A lot of these workers were people I’d known for years and they were facing not just losing their jobs but not being able to find the kind of work they do without going overseas. A lot of people were facing personal and financial upheaval.... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Sabin Case, The Pressures On Greece And (Songs About) Coyotes

Mike Sabin is a National MP, and the current chairman of Parliament’s law and order committee. Yet reportedly, he is being investigated by the Police over an assault complaint... However, the PM will not comment on any aspect of the story. More>>

ALSO:

Houses, ISIS, King (& Catton): PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • Social housing, the Auckland housing market • The prospect of joining international forces to combat ISIS • David Bain’s compensation • The lowering of the flag for the King of Saudi Arabia's death ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Tomorrow’s Speeches By John Key And Andrew Little

The Key government has already kicked off the political year on a stridently ideological note, with Environment Minister Nick Smith choosing to lay all manner of sins at the door of the RMA. Tomorrow, the government will wheeling out its best salesman – Prime Minister John Key – to sell its plans for state housing… . More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news