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


Quarry gets clamp down under review of consent

Quarry gets clamp down under review of consent conditions

An Auckland Regional Council review of a Winstone Aggregates Ltd consent to take groundwater from the Three Kings Quarry has resulted in tougher restrictions on dewatering at the quarry.

The review was ordered by the ARC, after inaccurate information on the effects of dewatering was provided in the original consent application in 1997.

The review decision, made by three independent commissioners, stated that Winstone could continue dewatering the Mt Eden Rd quarry, in order to extract scoria, but only if stricter controls and monitoring were implemented.

The commissioners based their decision on rigorous scientific analysis of potential environmental impacts from groundwater removal.

Winstone will now be required to monitor ground settlement levels from dewatering every three months, as opposed to every six months under the original consent. The designated monitoring area is also substantially larger than it was previously.

The dewatering is to cease once ground settlement limits, which are four times more stringent than in the original consent, have been reached.

A bond of $5m, which would be used to mitigate any unforeseen environmental impacts that may occur, is also required.

ARC water resource scientist Alastair Smaill said studies of the quarry site showed that environmental impacts from taking additional groundwater would be negligible if dewatering restrictions were imposed.

“In making this decision community interests were paramount,” Mr Smaill said. “As a result the commissioners have imposed strict conditions on the quarry in order to protect the community from potential risks of dewatering.”

The commissioners assigned to the review were two expert engineers, Dr Laurie Wesley and Graham Wheeler, and long-time commissioner Ken Graham. Appeals relating to the decision must be lodged with the Environment Court within 15 working days of the decision.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Compelling Case For Meatless Meat

Talk about living in a bubble. As vegetarianism and veganism become normalised – there are more options on restaurant menus! - it can be easy to think that the whole world is gradually giving up on meat. Alas, the reverse is true. Americans for instance consumed 100 kilograms of meat and poultry in 2018, up from 75 kilograms in 1960, according to the US Department of Agriculture figures... More>>


Pay Policy: CTU Public Service Unions Meet With Public Service Minister

The Council of Trade Unions and affiliated public service unions, met with the Minister for the Public Service Hon Chris Hipkins this afternoon to discuss the pay expectations of those working in our public services. CTU President Richard Wagstaff said it was ... More>>

Government: Further Action Against Gang Crime

The Government will make it illegal for high risk people to own firearms by introducing Firearms Prohibition Orders (FPOs) that will strengthen action already taken to combat the influence of gangs and organised crime to help keep New Zealanders and their ... More>>


Maori Party: Whakatōhea High Court Decision

“We applaud the Whakatōhea High Court case that has now set a precedent for Māori rights and interest in their foreshore and seabed. It’s an outstanding decision because the Court recognises all reclaimed lands with significant and boating traffic” ... More>>


PM: Statement On The Speaker And Annual Review Debate

“The serious issue of alleged sexual assault and harassment at Parliament was poorly managed and inappropriately politicised last night. The tone of the debate did not reflect well on Parliament as a whole,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. ... More>>

Parliament: Mallard Fails To Give Taxpayers A Straight Answer

Trevor Mallard has confirmed he is unfit to be Parliament’s Speaker by failing to answer several important questions relating to the false rape accusation saga that cost taxpayers more than $330,000, Shadow Leader of the House Chris Bishop says. ... More>>

Local Government: Independent Review To Explore Future

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says an independent review of local government will explore how councils can maintain and improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders in the communities they serve long into the future. More>>


PM Ardern And PM Morrison: Commencement Of Two-Way Quarantine-Free Travel Between Australia And New Zealand

Joint Statement by Prime Ministers Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern Commencement of two-way quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand Today, Australia and New Zealand have fulfilled their commitment to establish two-way quarantine free ... More>>




InfoPages News Channels