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Around 50,000 people have taken to the streets of Auckland, ordering the Government to stay away from mining conservation land.
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24/05/2012 12:36:28 p.m.
What happens when a modern mine is closed? Consent conditions require that the site is left in a safe, stable, self-sustaining rehabilitated state is At Martha Mine these conditions will have been met when:
all structures (such as pit walls and tailings impoundments) are shown to be stable.
any water discharging from the site, and any groundwater under the site, will be of a quality that will not affect aquatic life, or other users of the water resource.
all revegetation is complete, and monitoring demonstrates that the site is sustainable.
Once closure of the site is complete, the post closure period commences. At this time, a charitable trust will manage areas such as the Tailings Storage Facilities and Water Treatment Plant and take title to the land upon which they stand. The Trust will also take title to the proposed park adjacent to the lake, and maintain it for general use by the public. The Trust will also be responsible for the monitoring and maintenance of the lake. A sum of money will be handed over by the Company, and the interest generated from that money would allow the Trust to manage, monitor and maintain the land, and provide the necessary insurance cover.
The company is required to have in place a rehabilitation bond to cover the costs of closure whenever that may occur. The amount of the rehabilitation bond is reviewed annually, and this bond is only released once closure of the site is completed. The rehabilitation bond provides certainty. In the unlikely event that mining finishes early, and the mining company walks away from the site, funds will be available to ensure that rehabilitation is completed. A capitalization bond is also required. This bond ensures that a sum of money will always be available to allow the Trust to carry out its activities.
16/09/2010 1:57:37 a.m.
Just show me where the dirty filthy miners have ever cleaned up after themselves. Mining is the definition of unsustainable development, it's proponents are the definition of greedy shortsighted self interest. Save the green places, drive the miners into the sea, they don't deserve to have any land to stand on.
5/05/2010 4:56:52 p.m.
I think It's very small for Kiwis to put a price on our beautiful National Parks, goes to show that people love $$$$ more than the land itself. Disgusting!!!!
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