Author: tjonescan

Mt William North: Sharon McGarry Did Not Save The Day

Rosemary Penwarden writes: Sharon McGarry did not save the day. Mt William stands in line as the next mountaintop removal on the Stockton plateau. It’s the sequel to a very sad story of ignorance, intimidation and elephants; my experience opposing Solid Energy’s proposal for a new open cast coal mine on 243 hectares of Mt William on the Stockton plateau, just beyond the famous Happy Valley. It’s also a lesson to me as a first time submitter at a council RMA hearing; our legal system is wearing a blindfold. The three independent commissioners, like three blind mice, including Sharon, who presumably still thinks carbon dioxide makes holes in the ozone layer (see The Mt William North Hearings: Ignorance, Intimidation and Elephants), have given Solid Energy the green light to take the top off Mt William (“top down” mining, they call it). And, even though the local tangata whenua consider Mt William to be of cultural significance, mountains being their gateway to the atua (gods), Dr Ruth Bartlett, Solid Energy’s Manager of Consents and Planning, has an excellent working relationship with them so it’s ok to take their mountain away. Afterwards Solid Energy will erect a serpentine rock pou, with carved inscription, to commemorate what they’ve lost. No worries. (1) Oh, and landscape architect Frank Boffa says that, from a distance, you will sort of see what it used to...

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The Climate Elephant Is Here

I am the elephant in the room. Today the legal system in NZ has confirmed once again that it cannot see me. West Coast regional council commissioners have given the go-ahead to a new coal mine at Mt William. I sat in the room while they heard all the evidence. I was by far the largest creature in the room, as I always am when they talk about coal mining, but it seems they just couldn’t see me. My name is climate change. My existence has been known for many years and I am recognised in government legislation, and big international conferences have been held about me for 20 years, but in NZ when it comes to coal mining, the biggest cause of climate change, I am not allowed to speak. My friends spoke eloquently on my behalf but their evidence was dismissed. I will be there whenever decisions are made about me, challenging the blind. But be warned: elephants never forget, and are known to rampage. Follow the appearances of the Climate Elephant on Facebook:...

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Drew Hutton Lock The Gates Tour, August 2012

Drew Hutton of Australia’s Lock the Gate Alliance is coming to Aotearoa to share his knowledge of coal mining, fracking and Coal Seam Gas exploration and their effects on rural communities, land and water. Drew is a long-term environmental campaigner who has worked closely with farmers, landholders and indigenous communities in Australia. He is the President of the Lock the Gate Alliance. Now you can learn from Drew’s experience and find out how we can Lock the Gate on fracking, coal mining and Coal Seam Gas projects. Tour schedule Wellington: 22nd August, St Johns in the City, 170 Willis St, 6.30 pm. Dannevirke: 23rd August, The Hub, Allardice St, 2pm. Hastings: 23rd August, Heretaunga Taiwhenua, 821 Orchard Road, 7-9pm. Gisborne: 24th August, Gisborne District Council Chambers, 2pm. Te Karaka, 24th August, Rangatira Scout Hall, 7pm. Rotorua: 25th August, Keynote speaker at Ka Nui Conference, Rotorua Convention Centre 3pm. Hamilton: 27th August, Waikato University room S.G.03, 7pm. Taranaki: 28th August, Norfolk Hall, S.H3 Norfolk (near Inglewood), 7pm. Gore, 29th August, James Cumming Wing, Ardwick St,...

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Ka Nui! Enough! Conference, Rotorua, 25-26 August: How To Attend, Why To Attend

In August the New Zealand mining industry is meeting in Rotorua “to celebrate New Zealand mining and the contribution this important industry makes to the future of the community through science, engineering and economic development.” So we are holding the Ka Nui! Enough! Conference at the same time to discuss the huge negative impacts mining has on our economies, communities, and environment and what we are going to do about it. And we hope you’ll be able to attend. Ka Nui! Enough! Website: Location: Rotorua Dates: Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th August Speakers: Dayle Takitimu (Te Whanau-a-Apanui) Drew Hutton (Lock the Gate Alliance Australia), Dr Susan Krumdieck (Canterbury University) and more . . . Cost: $25 for the weekend or koha on the day. Registration: to register email your name and contact number to Kaupapa The extractive industries, including fracking, mining & oil drilling, have huge negative impacts on our economies,communities & environment. We must move past this in a way that is just for all. Join us to learn more and strategise together. Please forward this invite widely. And please register asap to support those communities on the frontlines, to learn, to share, and to...

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Coal Action Network Aotearoa Newsletter July 2012

Kia Ora Koutou As we know, the Government and the mining industry have launched a coordinated assault on New Zealand’s environment and on the land, health and water of communities and iwi around the country. A coordinated assault requires a coordinated response, and that’s what will be happening in August. First, people opposed to mining in its various guises will be gathering in Rotorua on 25-26 August for Ka Nui / Enough!, a counter-conference to the mining industry conference also happening in Rotorua. If you want to be there, email for details. One of the participants in the conference will be Drew Hutton of Australia’s Lock the Gate Alliance. If you can’t make it to Rotorua, Drew will be touring the country in late August – check out the dates below. Our campaign continues to build all around the country, and we welcome a new group, Coal Action Waikato, to our roundup of news from regional groups. Enough of introducing the news – time to let you read it! Regards Tim Jones Coal Action Network Aotearoa What’s in this newsletter? 1. Coming Events 2. Ka Nui / Enough! Conference in Rotorua, 25-26 August 3. Drew Hutton Tour: Lock the Gate! 4. Asset Sales Campaign: The Big Push for Signatures Is On 5. Thermal boilers update: EECA heat plant database and Fonterra’s very bad decision in Darfield 6. Climate Change and the...

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