Environment Southland embattled over cow waste
Tue, 30 Oct 2012 7:00p.m.
This is a mucky subject: Cow effluent and the alteration of documents used for a court prosecution, which has people asking some serious questions about Environment Southland and its methods of enforcement.
Now to put things in context a little bit, a dairy cow can produce more than 50 litres of waste per day. Yes that's a lot, but it's one thing when those cows are on a farm, and another thing entirely when you're loading up a truck with 40 cows for a two or three hour trip.
The effluent still has to go somewhere.
It's been an ongoing battle between Environment Southland and local truckies for years, with the transporters claiming the regional council has failed in its duty to install dumping stations.
But now the issues ended up in court amid claims that Environment Southland altered documents, and wrongly used police as part of an enforcement operation targeting truck drivers.
Watch the video to see John Sellwood's report.
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4/11/2012 1:10:13 a.m.
Liane Wakabayashi wrote:
Kudos to you for keeping the road issue in the public eye! Power to the people!!
31/10/2012 2:11:06 p.m.
this is outrageous!, how can enviroment southland be trusted with documents when they have clearly changed documents they were going to use in a legal case!, sack those responsible they are a embarrassment
31/10/2012 1:37:30 p.m.
Shut them down man. Stop the fracking!
31/10/2012 12:33:21 p.m.
Well done- How many times do we have to prove that our agencies that tell us what we can or can-not do are corrupt- how much proof do the people of NZ need, and when is someone in government going to be made accountable.
31/10/2012 10:47:43 a.m.
tell the truth wrote:
This is appalling. and the CEO condones it by his comments. Those responsable for this should be sacked and there superiors.
Is this a case of vindictivness or is it a fund rasing ploy by a burecratic organisation that relys on small business not being able to fight back.
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