Further tweaks to RMA signalled
Sun, 29 Jul 2012 12:36p.m.
The Government is considering ways of speeding up the process of gaining resource consents for regional projects, citing frustrations encountered by Australian company Bathurst Resources.
Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley told TV3's The Nation programme that it was crazy that companies were being taken back to court repeatedly in their bids to win resource consents under the Resource Management Act (RMA).
He met with Bathurst Resources last week. The company is seeking consents to develop a coal mine on the Denniston Plateau in the South Island and is back in court tomorrow.
Mr Heatley said Environment Minister Amy Adams was considering a way of speeding up resource consents for regional projects that would give certainty to companies.
"For nationally significant projects like Waterview, the road, we've used the national consenting process where we call it in with a nine-month turnaround time.
"What we're considering at the moment is when you have got very significant projects at a regional level whether we can have a similar system. It might be a turnaround time of something like six months and it's only challengeable on points of law."
He said that did not mean companies would always be granted consents but they would have certainty.
He said Bathurst Resources was "hanging in there" and was tremendously frustrated.
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29/07/2012 7:58:13 p.m.
"Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley told TV3's The Nation programme that it was crazy that companies were being taken back to court repeatedly in their bids to win resource consents under the Resource Management Act (RMA)." -- only if you have prejudged the outcome and view due process as at best an inconvenience.
29/07/2012 2:20:52 p.m.
Draco T Bastard wrote:
What's crazy is that we're selling these resource consents to foreign firms. They're our resources and thus we should benefit from them which we don't if we go round selling them to foreign businesses that only sell the resources to other countries leaving us to then buy them back in a modified form at far more than what we sold them for.
Sure, mine the resources but then process them and turn them into useful products. We'd be much better off that way.
29/07/2012 1:01:34 p.m.
Gift it to maori to cut out the rest of NZ then do a deal with them as everyone knows they are easily brought..if not sometimes expensive.....sound familiar anyone? give you a hint ...foreshore and seabed.
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