18 June 2014
Source: Scoop Politics, Independent News
Author: Kiwis Against Seabed Mining
The EPA’s decision to decline a proposal to mine black sand from the seabed of the South Taranaki Bight was heralded today by New Zealand’s only NGO focusing solely on the issue, Kiwis Against Seabed Mining.
“This decision is a victory for common sense and environmental protection, for the coastal communities right up the North Island’s west coast, for the Maui’s dolphins that live in the area and for the blue whales that feed there,” said KASM chairperson, Phil McCabe.
“It became very clear during the hearings that the company, Trans-Tasman Resources, had not done its homework on the full environmental impact of digging up 50 million tonnes of the seabed every year for 20 years. What’s more, the company appeared to think that the absence of this information didn’t matter,” he said.
There was an overwhelmingly negative response to the idea from local iwi, recreational and commercial fishers, surfers, divers and the thousands of people who made up the 99.5% of the 4800 submissions against the proposal.