Making difficult decisions: Mining the conservation estate

21 September 2010

From the Commissioner's Overview:

In March this year, the Government released a discussion paper  proposing  that some conservation  land be removed  from Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act to allow it to be considered  for mining. In April I presented my view on this proposal in a forum held at a Nelson vineyard. I had scarcely finished speaking when my phone  began  to run ‘hot’ with journalists seeking interviews. Dealing with this while racing to catch a plane back to Wellington brought home  to me the strength of public feeling on this issue. Three days later thousands of people took part in a protest  march up Queen Street. 

The public debate that  took place over mining on Schedule 4 land was inevitably somewhat muddled.  For instance,  national  parks were taken to be the same as Schedule 4 land, whereas they form a subset  of Schedule 4 land. In July the Government decided not to remove any land from Schedule 4, but to pursue other opportunities for expanding  mining on public land. This included the sixty percent of the conservation  land managed by the Department of Conservation  which is not listed on Schedule 4. It is mining on this land that  is the focus of this report.

 

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