West Coast needs new mine - Joyce
Wed, 26 Sep 2012 5:08a.m.
In the wake of the Spring Creek Mine job cuts yesterday the battle over whether a new coal mine should be opened on the West Coast is once again heating up.
In the wake of recent mining job cuts by Solid Energy, Steven Joyce says opponents of a mine in the Denniston Plateau should stop court action against the plan.
Mr Joyce called on Forest and Bird and a West Coast environmental action network to drop appeals against consents granted for the Denniston Plateau land last August, citing the need for West Coast mining jobs after state-owned Solid Energy announced the mothballing of its Spring Creek mine.
Watch the video to see Forest and Bird conservation advocate Nicola Toki's response.
Bathurst Resources has proposed an open-cast coal mine, the Escarpment mine, the first of several Bathurst plans in the area, and says it would employ around 400 people.
However, Forest and Bird says Mr Joyce "is being opportunistic in deflecting the blame for the mismanagement of the Spring Creek mine".
"I feel for the people who are losing their jobs, obviously," Forest and Bird advocacy manager Kevin Hackwell told BusinessDesk.
"That's a real issue. But mining is a boom and bust industry with a long history of it on the West Coast. It's one of the reasons their economy has never been as strong as they would like.
"The long term future is having industries that are much more sustainable."
He questioned also whether Mr Joyce's intervention in favour of Bathurst's proposals could run him foul of the legal process playing out through resource consent appeals, and the statutory process that would follow if Bathurst succeeds.
"There would be a serious question, given his public advocacy, about whether such a decision has been influenced by government policy," Mr Hackwell says.
Bathurst chief executive Hamish Bohannan has reported frustrations among shareholders over delays to the Bathurst consent process, saying the company has spent $15 million so far on consenting issues.
NZN / 3 News
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26/09/2012 2:50:40 p.m.
Betrayed Kiwis wrote:
In the various news articles about coal mining today I have read - Government is importing cheap coal from Indonesia: Closing down Solid energy mines because NZ coal isn't profitable and isn't selling. Now Joyce is pushing for consents for Bathurst to open new mines and blaming Forest & Bird for contributing the unemployment of New Zealand miners if they oppose these consents!
Hello? Am I missing something? I smell something rather nasty and get a sense of really sneaky dysfunctional behavior, if not plain clever and evil manipulation.
This drive to force more and more decent hard working citizens into becoming vulnerable New Zealand citizens for the cost of 30 pieces of silver for the 'mates' is a set up and needs exposing! Especially given the skape goating of beneficiaries as the pockets of the 'mates' explode with millions. A division is forming in our beloved Aotearoa, led by our government. I think it is called Incitement and it is dangerous and it is really sad.
26/09/2012 12:25:34 p.m.
interesting? I guess Joyce really wants Bathurst to have the new mine? and it's the enviromentalists fault if miners have no jobs?
26/09/2012 11:19:30 a.m.
unbelievable, lets close down one, and open another...why planet earth is just a resource we can take take take from. Steven Joyce, NZ isn't as stupid as you and your rich money hungry mates seem to think.
26/09/2012 10:36:28 a.m.
So now the National Gummint wants to shift the blame to my beloved Forest & Bird Society?!!
Bathhurst Resources will be breathing a sigh of relief now that the price of coking coal has made it uneconomical to mine, and they can slow down the Resource Consent process (and blame us Greenies.) Too simple folks.
26/09/2012 9:54:30 a.m.
Can someone please help me understand why the government is not willing to put tax payers money into helping a state owned assest stay viable, but are stating that we should allow another company open a new mine here.
Hello is there a point i am missing, are they not closing these mines because the demand has dropped? And what are they doing buying offshore coal, cheaper maybe but support your own. Are these assest up for sale? Who is the government in bed with? I really do fail to see why this is happening. National you always find a way of distroying this country you are the lowest of the low. I am sick of you and your rich cronies. Does no one else see where this makes no sense. Shut down mines owned by New Zealand so Bathurst can open one. hmmmmm
26/09/2012 8:29:07 a.m.
New Zealand needs a new mine on the West Coast like it needs a hole in the head. Someone put a brain in Joyce's head (where the hole is), please.
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