Jobs for the West Coast

May 23rd, 2013 at 12:54 pm by David Farrar

Nick Smith has announced:

Minister Dr Nick Smith today announced his approval under the Crown Minerals Act for an access agreement for Bathurst Resources for its Escarpment Project on the Plateau, near Westport.

“This approval is for an open-cast mine on 106 hectares of the 2026 hectares that comprise the Denniston Plateau. This area is not National Park, nor Conservation Park nor does it have any particular reserve status. It is general stewardship land, which is the lowest legal status of protection of land managed by the Department of Conservation. The area does have conservation values although there has been some disturbance from previous mining including roads, bulldozer tracks and an artificial reservoir. The area also has some infestation from weeds like gorse and broom,” Dr Smith said.

“The loss of conservation values is compensated by a $22 million package by Bathurst Resources. This will fund pest and predator control over 25,000 hectares of the Heaphy River catchment in the Kahurangi National Park, 4,500 hectares on and around the Denniston Plateau, as well as for historic projects on the Plateau itself. This is the largest ever compensation package negotiated by DOC for a mine or other commercial venture.

The Greens say they are not against all mining, just some mining. But what is the bet they condemn this decision despite $22 million for conservation.

It will be interesting to see what Labour says on this decision, and especially Damien O’Connor.

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35 Responses to “Jobs for the West Coast”

  1. kowtow (6,734 comments) says:

    Good decision.

    Now get fracking too.

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  2. toad (3,654 comments) says:

    Jobs for the West Coast – the dirtier the better!

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  3. RF (1,141 comments) says:

    Wait for the smelly greens to flap their arms about in protest. Another opportunity for the toe rags to prove just how stupid they are.

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  4. Lance (2,311 comments) says:

    Labour = Greens = less jobs for the West Coasters

    A great election billboard that would make.

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  5. alex Masterley (1,439 comments) says:

    DPF,
    You will be able to add the Bathhurst mine to the already extensive list of things the Greens are against or oppose.
    Perhaps you could repost it to remind us.

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  6. tvb (3,952 comments) says:

    The Greens will oppose this too. Like the gorse and broom are primary vegetation that provides a startup for native plants. Or there is some obscure insect or bird that is having its habitat destroyed. This is another damn good deal negotiated by this Government.

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  7. toms (301 comments) says:

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

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  8. tvb (3,952 comments) says:

    Ps nick smith has spent his time out on learning how to be an effective minister. He is not waiting his time and he is getting things done. I am impressed with Smith II

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  9. RightNow (6,350 comments) says:

    semmens, it’s 0.5% of the plateau. Prone to exaggeration much?
    400ppm CO2? So the fuck what, there’s no correlation between atmospheric CO2 and climate – in fact there’s a significant divergence.

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  10. Lance (2,311 comments) says:

    @toms
    So like you Greens don’t want hydro, coal or any fossil fuel power generation. Wind and other renewables have a role but can never realistically be more than 10% of the mix (without a huge mindset change). You are probably bitching about wind turbines visuals anyway.
    Further with one massively arrogant stroke you make investing in power generation as palatable as a shit sandwich by dictating what a generator will receive by way of income.

    Where is the power coming from in the future?
    If blackouts happen because of your policies, the voting public will burn you at the stake, have no illusions of that.

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  11. PTM (41 comments) says:

    The least the greens could do to be consistent with their previous strategic activities is to hold a referendum (West Coast citizens only) on whether open cast mining should proceed and on what scale.
    This will be a great boost for improving the viability of KiwiRail which should be a big positive for the greens policies on growing the rail infrastructure.
    A win-win for everybody surely.

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  12. dime (8,790 comments) says:

    no doubt tourists will stop coming to new zealand now…

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  13. unaha-closp (1,035 comments) says:

    no doubt tourists will stop coming to new zealand now…

    A 747 doesn’t emit any CO2 under the Greens ETS.

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  14. Ross12 (931 comments) says:

    Of course the Greens will whinge, they are anti progress and therefore anti jobs.

    Their problem is, they cannot make up their mind what they want. Today they are moaning that people can’t pay their power bills –after the budget they were complaining the Govt. had reduced money for the ETS permits. If they get in the ETS will be increased and people will have even less ability to pay power bills.
    If they want to be taken even semi seriously they need to stop jumping on every little political bandwagon passing by.

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  15. MD (60 comments) says:

    @toms I think you can safely assume the 40,000 New Zealanders opposed to jobs and growth weren’t voting National anyway. I think the National government can continue to sleep at night, over this issue at least.

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  16. Nigel Kearney (747 comments) says:

    You do have to admire the propaganda behind the 400 PPM figure though.

    It didn’t sound like much when we used to call it 0.04%. Maybe next time they will use parts per billion so they can say it is 400,000. I prefer to think of it as a slight reduction in non-CO2 gases from 999650 PPM to 999600 PPM. Then we still have a way to go so can keep mining and drilling.

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  17. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,685 comments) says:

    But but but but WHAT ABOUT the Greater Duck Billed Bathurst Potty Mouse?

    The one that races up the hill and down the other side once every year, with its little legs going like hell.

    You mean you haven’t heard about it?

    Don’t worry, the Greens will make sure you do.

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  18. Wayne91 (142 comments) says:

    Toms – the mine can provide precious jobs and investment in a depressed area. More taxes paid leading to more imcome for the Covt to service our vital services such as health, education – We are all winners from that IMO.

    PTM – “The least the greens could do to be consistent with their previous strategic activities is to hold a referendum (West Coast citizens only) on whether open cast mining should proceed and on what scale.”
    EXACTLY – however both the Greens and Labour are not honest enough with the people to tell them what a coalition Green / Labour government would really mean to a place like the West Coast. The Labour party has long since betrayed its spiritual home with its reliance on the Green Party.
    .

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  19. DavidR (102 comments) says:

    But – what about the ‘rare’ snails? :( There’s bound to be some up there – There usually is, thousands of them! :)

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  20. Redbaiter (6,483 comments) says:

    Forget the watermelons and the rest of the commies.

    The really shameful thing about this is that a private enterprise investor is held ransom to the tune of $22 million before it can proceed with a project that will bring jobs and prosperity to NZ.

    And apparently we should applaud this extortion as an example of good government??

    FFS..!!

    What a basket case country.

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  21. RRM (8,997 comments) says:

    Good decision.

    The “all mining everywhere is wrong and must be opposed” stance is getting a bit tired.

    Oh, and it’s bad for the economy of the country… ;-)

    I look forward to a legion of environmentalists kayaking across cook strait, then proceeding to Denniston on bicycles or horseback to protest this… of course none of them would use dirty fossil fuels, oh no!

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  22. Roflcopter (397 comments) says:

    “But but but but WHAT ABOUT the Greater Duck Billed Bathurst Potty Mouse?”

    You mean Russell Norman? Who gives a shit!

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  23. thedavincimode (6,133 comments) says:

    What a basket case country.

    Why don’t you just fuck off somewhere else then? You wouldn’t have to whinge like a bitch ad nauseum; recycling the same tedious clichés time after time after time after time after time after time after time …..?

    Oh, but then you still would wouldn’t you?

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  24. PTM (41 comments) says:

    On this subject, Nick Smith is on Newstalk ZB after the 4pm news with Larry Williams to talk about this and reactions to the initiative.

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  25. stigie (648 comments) says:

    Jesus Red, do you ever feel good about anything ?

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  26. RRM (8,997 comments) says:

    Jobs for the West Coast – the dirtier the better!

    Toad –

    Environmentalist interests opposed project Aqua, a proposed hydroelectric scheme.

    It is getting hard to take green concerns about ecological impact of projects seriously, when even hydroelectric schemes are complained about and opposed.

    It just looks too much like you are indiscriminately opposed to all development, everywhere, whatever its environmental impact may be.

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  27. ChrisB (5 comments) says:

    dime (6,243) Says:
    May 23rd, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    no doubt tourists will stop coming to new zealand now…
    As a tourist I have visited the Stockton mining site and was blown away with what they are doing there. Once the coal has been extracted the area is put back into the native plants that grow there. A great outcome for the area. And if you have been to the Denniston plateau you will know what a desolate place it is and much modified over many years of ongoing mining anyway.

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  28. dime (8,790 comments) says:

    holy shit i just heard some sniveling little greenie fuck on zb say

    “they are only spending 22 million over 5 years and DOC was going to do most of that work anyway”

    lefties, they just love taking OPM by force when it suits them

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  29. Paulus (2,304 comments) says:

    Watch the snails being salted on the Denniston now.

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  30. stigie (648 comments) says:

    Yes, just heard that Dime. You could sense Larry Williams cringing about the crap that woman was spouting,
    and Nick Smith was wrong about everything.
    She sent a shiver down my spine. Fucking stupid Greenie !!

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  31. RRM (8,997 comments) says:

    :neutral: No you can’t build that here!
    :mad: No, you can’t mine that here!
    :evil: No, you can’t open up one of THOSE here!
    :cry: Waah! Why hasn’t the National Government created more jobs? #toryscum don’t care about the 99%!

    We need “green jobs”..! To create a “green economy!”

    I KNOW those are the way of the future and that will surely work out fine, even though I’m a liberal arts student dropout who’s never really spend more than a few months in employment…

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  32. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (531 comments) says:

    Yeah right. They vote Damien O’Connor and Labour. No sympathy for them. No mining, no jobs bros. Let the greens bail you out with their green job schemes.

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  33. Redbaiter (6,483 comments) says:

    Re the 22 million- this is just extortion. Like the mafia. It disgusts me that private enterprise investors should be held to ransom this way and every fucking drooling idiot here is clapping as if it is a good thing.

    FFS, it is atrocious.

    Gangsterism, of the kind that Mafia kingpins would be jailed for.

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  34. Johnboy (13,439 comments) says:

    Lovely survivalist recipe here for snails cooked over hot coals after the world has gone to shit: :)

    Land Snails: The Roman snail (helix promatia), brown garden snail (helix aspersa), and the smaller brightly coloured garden snail (Cepaea nemoralis) are a fantastic source of food for a survivor. Snails are a good source of Potassium, sodium, iron as well as a large number of essential amino acids and are high in vitamins A, C and D. In the right conditions they can be found in large numbers (ask any gardener!). They can be quickly gathered and are simple to prepare. Once gathered the snails will need to be purged. This is to ensure that anything (possibly poisonous plants) the snails have eaten has been passed. As a survivor I’m always trying to limit the risks that I take. I personally purge my snails for a minimum of 5 days. Once purged there are two ways you can prepare your snails. The first way is to place the snails on the hot embers of a fire, hole facing up. The snail will start frothing a green mucus. Once the frothing has stopped that’s the snail ready to eat. Just pick it out of its shell with a sharp stick and eat. The second way is to boil the snails. Bring a pot of water to the boil and pop your snails in. The water will become very scummy. Don’t worry about changing the water. I boil the snails for 8 minutes. Some of the snails will come out of their shells, some you will have to winkle out. Once cooked the texture of the snail is soft, but surprisingly not overly chewy. They have a very slight shell fish taste.

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  35. flipper (3,277 comments) says:

    Johnboy….

    Snail cuisine rates behind porcupine , but ahead of frogs legs :)

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