Tuesday, April 23, 2024

More criminal miners

What is it with the mining industry? Its not enough for them to pillage the earth - they apparently can't even be bothered getting resource consent to do so:

The proponent behind a major mine near the Clutha River had already been undertaking activity in the area without a consent.

Hawkeswood Mining Ltd has applied to establish and operate an alluvial gold-mining operation in a rural resource area at 1346-1536 Teviot Rd, Millers Flat, Roxburgh.

The proposal will go to a hearing, but a Central Otago District Council spokeswoman confirmed activity was already happening near the planned mine without a consent.

Council planners have apparently recommended they be denied resource consent because of the impact on the local environment, and have issued them abatement notices. So instead the company plans to apply to Shane Jones for a fast-track "consent" instead. Which I think shows us again that the fast-track process is designed for criminals and vandals who would not be able to get consent by lawful means.