NZ Anti-seabed mining group claims record level of support

Date: December 12, 2016

Source: Taranaki Daily News, via Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Author: Andrew Owen

The group fighting plans to mine millions of tonnes of sand off the South Taranaki coast is claiming record numbers of people have backed its campaign.

The application for seabed mining in Taranaki has proved controversial.

Monday was the final day for public submissions on Trans Tasman Resources’ bid to mine iron ore from 50 million tonnes of sand in a 66 square kilometre area off the coast of Patea, a move all eight Taranaki iwi have opposed.

Campaign group Kiwis Against Seabed Mining claimed it and Greenpeace would achieve a record 17,000 submissions against the plans when the 5pm deadline passed, ahead of an Environmental Protection Agency hearing set to take place next year.

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