Denniston Plateau coal mine appeal thrown out

Forest and Bird’s appeal against the Denniston Plateau coal mine has been tossed out.

If he’s true to form we can no doubt expect Nasty Norman to threaten Bathurst with an instant closure of Denniston should the Greens form a government in 2014.

Comments please Damian O’Connor – is it to be jobs for Coasters or will you be kowtowing to the Greens?

Conservationists fighting a decision to allow an Australian mining company to dig for coal on the West Coast’s Denniston Plateau have suffered a major setback today with a High Court appeal being thrown out.

The Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society appealed interim resource consent given to Bathurst Resources Limited for an 188ha open-cast mine on the plateau near Westport.

It argued that the Environment Court did not give proper consideration to the possibility of there being two open-cast coal mines simultaneously working the area when it gave Bathurst the go-ahead. 

It said the effects of an unimplemented coal mining licence by state-owned Solid Energy for another mine, the Sullivan Mine, also on the Denniston Plateau, should have been taken into account, even though it’s not been used and expires in 2027.

Forest & Bird, along with the West Coast Environmental Network, said the cumulative effect of both mines operating at the same time were not properly considered.

But Environment Court judges ruled the possible open-cast Sullivan Mine did not form part of the existing environment since the licence has not been used.

Buller Coal Limited, owned by Bathurst Resources Ltd, rejected the environmentalists’ “narrow” argument, as did West Coast Regional Council and Buller District Council, which granted mine consents to Buller Coal last year.

In a 21-page judgement released today, High Court judge Justice John concluded there was “no material error of law in this decision not to embark upon cumulative effect analysis.”

The appeal was dismissed, and costs were reserved.


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  • Mr_Blobby

    Question who funds Forest and Bird?

    • blokeintakapuna

      The Dept of Conversation?

    • williamabong

      Half wit latte drinking feel good wankers mostly from the north of Cook Straight, who actually think it pays for the social debt for running the children to ballet in a $150k gas guzzling SUZ

      • spollyike

        Incorrect, many a fuckwit and socialist hail from Nelson and Canterbury.

        • Sarrs

          Don’t forget Dunedin

    • Andy

      Do Forest and Bird ever complain about Bird Choppers?

    • GazzW

      F&B is a registered charity would you believe?

  • blokeintakapuna

    “Show me the jobs!”

    “Here they are… And as soon as we can get more employment initiatives through the RMA, there will be even more jobs”

  • Col

    Yep old Norman the SNAIL blazer, here to protect.

  • williamabong

    This is the best news ever for the coast, fuck Twig & Tweet the economic saboteurs and their Luddite approach to conservation.

  • Liberty

    Has the local Labour PM come out in support of the mine and work.
    Or is he still in bed with the Greens?

  • tarkwin

    Hopefully they’ll get hammered with costs. The sad part is most of apologist wankers that support them probably need google earth to work out where the West Coast is. And on top of that, their donations are tax deductible which means you and I are helping to finance these one eyed luddite wankers. I’m so upset I’m going to the pub for counselling.

  • johnbronkhorst

    HA HA HA HA HA …..sorry, I was going to say something profound here but HA HA HA !!!

    • tarkwin

      You clearly need to come to one of my counselling sessions.

      • johnbronkhorst


  • GregM

    Good job. It’s a pity Bathurst can’t sue the bastards for vexatious litigation.

  • williamabong

    Big night tonight, extra snail on the barbie tonight.

    • GregM

      Warm yer digger up Billy bong, there’s some work coming your way soon!