Environment groups lobby Government
Sun, 09 Sep 2012 4:06p.m.
Environmental groups have joined together to warn that changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA) will be a disaster for the environment.
Environmental Defence Society, Ecologic, WWF, Forest & Bird, Greenpeace and Fish & Game have sent an open letter to Environment Minister Amy Adams outlining their concerns about a technical advisory group report on proposed changes to the RMA.
"The recommendations would substantially lower environmental standards throughout the country - and that goes completely against the core purpose of this legislation," says Fish & Game chief executive Bryce Johnson.
The lobby comes as mining company Bathurst Resources expresses optimism that the Government will act to speed up the consenting process for mines.
Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley told The Nation previously that it was crazy that companies were being taken back to court repeatedly in their bids to win resource consents.
He said Ms Adams was considering a way of speeding up resource consents for regional projects that would give certainty to companies.
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10/09/2012 11:01:55 p.m.
common sense wrote:
@ wiseacre. All that you say is happening now under the burden of of a regulatory industry bleeding the life blood out of the country to keep building there empires while making the average kiwis life harder.
We need sensable regulation not regulation for regulations sake like has happened for the last 20 years. It is destructive not constructive to society only benifiting thise who make there living making and enforcing there regulations. Most of the regulations we have are unnessary
10/09/2012 8:35:47 a.m.
@COMMON SENSE - Less regulation is a good thing is it?
Less/weaker/unenforced regulations has led to a weakened workforce, lack of workplace safety, the loss of private savings, monopolistic profits at the expense of the people, economic & financial wreckage, polluted waterways, poorly constructed buildings, and even death.
Less regulation is nothing more than a license for exploitation. A few getting rich at the expense of the people & the planet. There is no common sense in that.
10/09/2012 1:14:47 a.m.
The RMA is a disaster for real new zealanders, ditching much of the red tape involved with the RMA will not reduce real enviromental standards but make life much easier for who try to make New Zealand a better place in which to live.
9/09/2012 8:57:58 p.m.
Just watched 60 minutes tonight , turned on the computer and read this . Typical Tories ...... evil types.
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