Fri, 25 Jul
° °
  • Firstline - TV3 New Zealand

    Firstline

    Weekdays 6am

  • 3 News - TV3 New Zealand

    3 News

    Nightly 6PM

  • Campbell Live - TV3 New Zealand

    Campbell Live

    Weekdays 7.00pm

  • 3rd Degree - TV3 New Zealand

    3rd Degree

    WEDNESDAYS 8.40PM

  • The Paul Henry Show - TV3 New Zealand

    The Paul Henry Show

    Weekdays 10.30pm

  • Three 60 - TV3 New Zealand

    Three 60

    Sundays 9.30am

  • The Nation - TV3 New Zealand

    The Nation

    Sat 9:30am / Sun 10am

Commonwealth Games

 

Court rules in favour of expanding mine

Monday 19 Nov 2012 9:33p.m.

Court rules in favour of expanding mine

The Environment Court has recommended that an application by mining company Newmont to increase its underground operations in Waihi be granted.

Green Party terrestrial mining spokesperson Catherine Delahunty says the ruling, released this evening, is disappointing as Waihi residents are concerned about the proposal to increase the depth of Martha Mine.

The court also ruled in favour of allowing the mine to carry out underground operations around the clock and to extend the hours of blasting.

Ms Delahunty and some locals had 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," Ms Delahunty said.

"It's a shame that these reasonable demands were ignored."

She says local residents will have to pay the price so that foreign-owned Newmont can make more profit which will be taken overseas.

Ms Delahunty urged Energy Minister Phil Heatley to reject Newmont's proposals.

Newmont is also seeking consent for a significant new mine in Waihi.

NZN

 
comments powered by Disqus