Mining continues to gather criticism

Written By: - Date published: 11:55 am, May 24th, 2010 - 16 comments
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More bad news for the Government’s mining plans. The submission from the Committee of New Zealand Members of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (NZIUCN) has was released over the weekend and says:

Proposals to allow mining in specially protected areas are contrary to the philosophy and intent of protected areas legislation, and the ethic of New Zealanders, says the New Zealand Committee of IUCN. The proposals are justified by grossly overstated economic assumptions and in conflict with a number of significant global considerations and practices.

Committee chairperson Diana Shand said the submission pointed out that estimate of value needed to take into account both the environmental and the economic costs of mining including the costs of extraction, environmental damage costs, and the losses of market and non-market benefits.

‘NZIUCN does not accept the Government’s stated position that ‘it is possible to balance the different values of areas, and that modern mining need not be at the expense of conservation or other values’.’

The  IUCN is the largest professional global conservation network with more than 1,000 member organizations in 140 countries including 200+ government and 800+ non-government organizations and almost 11,000 voluntary scientists and experts.

This is hot on the heels of a survey by Shape NZ (commissioned by the Business Council for Sustainable Development), picked up by the Greens, who highlighted that New Zealanders generally oppose exploration or mining on schedule 4 conservation land by 53% to 29%. Some 31% strongly oppose and 8% strongly support removal. Some 12% are neutral and 6% don’t know (The ShapeNZ mining issues report Part 1:

16 comments on “Mining continues to gather criticism”

  1. lprent 1

    Brownlee? Too vain to back-off. Too disorganised to figure out an alternate plan that may fly.

    It will keep pottering on causing the government damage until they have a reshuffle and his peers push him off to something that he can’t screw up quite so badly.

  2. ianmac 2

    the submission pointed out that estimate of value needed to take into account both the environmental and the economic costs of mining water extraction including the costs of extraction, environmental damage costs, and the losses of market and non-market benefits”
    Water extraction in Canterbury could use the same words?

    • Draco T Bastard 2.1

      Anything that causes environmental degradation (which is pretty much any economic activity – 75% of all wealth comes from the environment) could, and should, use the same words.

  3. Fisiani 3

    The usual NIMBY suspects cry foul. They oppose all mining and all economic progress. National wants limited environmental surgical mining and a healthy economy.
    captcha usual

    • Bright Red 3.1

      there’s plenty of minerals that aren’t on schedule 4 land that can be mined.

    • Clipbox 3.2

      ‘Limited surgical mining’ is a total load of BS

    • Fisiani 3.3

      Yet The Standard always uses pictures in the heading of mining diatribes of open cast mines which have been specifically and emphatically ruled out by Gerry Brownlie. This is a non-issue.

      • Maynard J 3.3.1

        Gerry Brownlie – Spelling error, or does even that most fawning of puppets, fisiani, realise that he’s being fed porkies?

        Maybe your psyche is trying to escape this pathetic National Party subservience you’re sadisticly inflicting upon yourself.

      • mickysavage 3.3.2

        All together now,

        “National wants limited environmental surgical mining ”

        Fisi you keep saying that mantra. You seem to think that if you say it enought times it will become true.

      • lprent 3.3.3

        Wrong – it is an issue because Brownlee isn’t credible.

        No-one who knows anything about the technology of mining for most of the particular ores and minerals under question believes that Brownlee’s bullshit on the subject is possible. It is feasible for some of the coal deposits because of the concentrations and the lack of on-site processing, however even those have considerable impacts into the schedule 4 land that they’re mining under.

        But many of the sites that Brownlee had on his list weren’t coal. It is impossible to do ‘surgical mining’ economically for ores like gold, silver, or the rare minerals because of the low concentrations, the volume of material that has to be processed, and the areas required for the contaminated tailings.

        Essentially Brownlee is lying knowingly or unknowingly, and you appear to be a fool.

        • Draco T Bastard

          Fisiani doesn’t appear to be a fool – he’s proved it quite conclusively.

  4. pepeketua 4

    ‘surgical’ mining is a term coined by politicians.
    it means a hole in the ground, roads to the hole, tailings (the rock that comes out of the hole) put somewhere (cos they won’t fit back in).

    and its called underground mining. and its expensive, and risky for the mining industry. Pike River Coal is yet to make a profit (last i heard).

    underground mining is also unlikely for most places in NZ, as our minerals tend to be scattered through the strata – much more suited for open cast mining (you dig everything up).

  5. Bill 5

    “…and the ethic of New Zealanders..”

    Can somebody explain to me what the fuck that little gem of a snippet means? Does it pre-suppose that people living here who are not New Zealanders have different ethics or something? And these ethics that NZIUCN assumes to have knowledge enough of to speak of in this fashion and confidently ascribe to ‘New Zealanders’, what are they?

    I know it may seem like a detail, but I’m noticing more and more a tendency of self appointed spokespeople to assume some specialist ( and presumably ‘not to be questioned’) knowledge with regards the inner workings of everyone else’s grey matter.

    And I doubt if I am alone in being drawn first and foremost to smacking the arrogant bastards one and then, and only then maybe supporting them on the issue they draw attention to…if at all. Which is not to say ‘not supporting the issue’, but not supporting them and their paternal and arrogant contribution.

    Glad to have that off my chest on this shitty overcast Monday.

  6. Kate Sutton 6

    This is one last push for submissions against Mining our precious conservation land. Submissions are due 5pm tomorrow (Wednesday 26th May). Submissions take 2 minutes via this online form. Our natural landscape is surely worth a couple of moments of your time?

    Online form here

    for more information see this great website.

    Be the change you want to see in the world make a submission and pass this message on.

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