NZ no to seabed mining a cautionary tale for the Pacific

Date: June 25, 2014

Source: Pacific Islands News Association

Interviewer: Brian Abbott

Interviewee: Phil McCabe, Chairman, Kiwis Against Seabed Mining

New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Authority has torpedoed a proposal for the first seabed mining venture off the coast of Taranaki. Trans Tasman Resources had proposed mining for iron ore 22 kilometres off the coast.

But the EPA said no, citing concerns about the potential environmental effects and the effects of existing fishing and Kiwi interests. The decision raises questions about whether proposed sea bed mining projects across the Pacific could go ahead without causing environmental damage.


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