Would-be seabed miner Trans-Tasman Resources has dropped its appeal against its rejected proposal to vacuum ironsands off the ocean floor far offshore in New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, preferring to save the legal costs and consider a fresh application to mine sands in shallow waters in the Exclusive Economic Zone, some 26 kilometres offshore from Patea. Continue reading
The withdrawal of the High Court appeal by Trans Tasman Resources is not unexpected, according to the Environmental Defence Society. “Trans Tasman Resources has obviously made a call that the appeal had little or no merit and has decided to put its resources into a fresh application,” said EDS Chairman Gary Taylor Continue reading
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. Continue reading
The hearing on the marine consent application by Chatham Rock Phosphate Ltd (CRP) has been closed by the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) Decision-making Committee. The Committee now has 20 working days to make its decision. Due to the Christmas period, a decision is expected to be made early next year. Continue reading
The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is expecting high levels of compliance with the new Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) legislation as operators become more familiar with the regime’s strict new requirements.