Seven groups appeal seabed mining proposal

Big business planning to mine the seabed is getting an unfair advantage, Iwi and environmental groups fighting it say, criticising the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Conservation hands-off approach.

s of today’s 5pm deadline, seven appeals have been lodged against the Environmental Protection Authority decision to allow Trans Tasman Resources to take millions of tonnes of iron sand from the South Taranaki Bight over a 35-year period.

“Whilst seabed mining has been approved for Taranaki, it will spread quickly across the country unless it’s stopped.”

The appeal was one of “multiple actions” the iwi would take to stop seabed mining and protect the marine environment, Mr Davis said.

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