The hippies and Green Taliban are
staging a silent protest crying with howling wails of outrage:
Exploratory mining on Conservation land which is home to the world’s rarest frog needs to stop and any further mining ruled out, the Green Party said today.
Locals are peacefully protesting in the Parakiwai Valley in the Coromandel today where the drilling company Glass Earth, contracted by Newmont Gold, is drilling core samples to test for gold content.
That’s the way Newmont, don’t muck around. We’re tired of these smelly hippies getting in the way of progress and holding the country to ransom, and what better way than to do it at hippie central: the Coromandel. They’re still trotting out the same lines that failed to save the Denniston and its snails:
“The Parakiwai Valley is home to the world’s most endangered frog, the native New Zealand Archey’s frog. Despite living on conservation land, the frog is still threatened by mining,” Green Party mining spokesperson Catherine Delahunty said.
“Conservation land is called that for a reason. The future of this special species of frog is at stake and all efforts should be made to protect it, not undermine its chances.
“The fact that the Archey’s frog isn’t safe on conservation land is a sad indictment on the National Government.”
And where have we heard this argument before:
“The Parakiwai Valley should be given Schedule 4 protection under the Crown Minerals Act, which would prohibit mining in the area,” said Ms Delahunty.
“This valley has biodiversity values which deserve the highest protection.
“I support the protestors opposing mining in the Coromandel. We love this place and will fight to protect it,” Ms Delahunty said. – source: Green Taliban HQ
I honestly don’t see what all the bloody fuss is about. If they’re that concerned about the frogs I think the answer is obvious, round them all up and while DOC is looking for new habitat for them put them in the snail fridge. What could possibly go wrong?