Seabed mining company drops appeal

12 December 2014

Source: Voxy.co.nz

A "victory for common sense" was Kiwis Against Seabed Mining’s reaction today to Trans Tasman Resources’ news that it will drop its attempt to reverse the EPA’s rejection of its seabed mining application.

Trans Tasman Resources today said it would no longer proceed with its appeal against the EPA’s decision to turn down its application to mine black sand in an operation that would have seen them dig up 50 million tones of the seabed a year for 20 years in a 65sqkm area off South Taranaki, a known feeding ground for blue whales and habitat of endangered maui’s dolphin.

"The EPA was right when it rejected this shonky application for an awful proposal that would destroy the local environment, and the company has finally made the right decision by walking away," said KASM chairperson Phil McCabe.

KASM spent years alerting people in communities up and down the North Island’s West Coast about the threats from seabed mining, and they turned out in their thousands to send the EPA a record number of submissions (4800), with 99% opposing.

But KASM said instead of blaming the opposition to the proposal, or even the EPA, TTR should look to the Government.

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