Farmers are the biggest pack of socialists out there.
They always stick their hands out wanting more and more, whether it is free water, tax breaks or a free right to pollute.
They want society to pay their costs, rather than pay the costs they incur.
Silver Fern Farms wants to discharge up to 3500 cubic metres per day of waste water containing “fats, oils and greases; faecal coliforms; ammonia; suspended solids and BOD” into the iconic Waimakariri River.
Dropping industrial waste into the Waimakariri River is “just not okay”, leading open water swimmer Dan Abel has told a consent hearing.
The country’s biggest meat processor Silver Fern Farms (SFF) wants five more years to discharge tertiary-treated effluent to the river from its Belfast beef plant on Christchurch’s northern flank.
SFF wants to permanently link to Christchurch City Council’s Bromley treatment site but the quake-damaged pipe and separation pond system can’t handle the company’s biggest discharges.
The farmer owned co-op is frustrated it can’t fully use the CCC network until Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Team re-configures residential red-zones.
Meanwhile, river users have pilloried SFF for using its outfall below the old Waimakariri River bridge.
Abel, a holder of the 4th fastest time for a Cook Strait swim, said SFF’s discharges could no longer be tolerated.
The Kaiapoi-based tutor told his overseas clients “unfortunately New Zealand is too often good at observing mistakes the world makes and then copying them. Why do we have to be a world follower? Why can’t we be a world leader?”
Abel estimated the 292 submissions against SFF’s application represented more than 10,000 people, most of whom were “Jill and Joe average”. Read more »