Friday, June 07, 2013

Pillaging the conservation estate again

Here we go again: National is again planning to pillage the conservation estate:

Most of the area the Government is considering offering for platinum exploration is conservation land.

Six parcels of land making up 4422 square kilometres are proposed for exploration in the South Island, of which 76% forms part of the conservation estate.

Within those areas are key sites renowned for their landscapes or biological diversity and environmentalists are demanding they be removed from the bidding selection.

Given their repeated attempts at this, you'd get the impression that the government does not know what "conservation" means. Maybe they should spend some of their enormous Ministerial slush funds on buying a dictionary.