Greens still against mining
Wed, 18 Jul 2012 9:18a.m.
By 3 News online staff
Waihi gold mining company Newmont is used to being in the spotlight.
There's been controversy around mining in the area, with some arguing the environmental damage is irreparable. The Green Party has been among the protesters against Newmont's expansion plans for the area.
Green Party co-leader Dr Russel Norman says the party is pleased all those who work in the mine are unharmed, but this does not make mining a safe option.
He says his party remains concerned around the safety of mines and wishes to see inspectors placed in all mines.
“Our concern is around the environmental effects,” he told Firstline this morning.
Dr Norman says the Green Party believes mining has a detrimental effect to communities.
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