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Waikato Coal Exploration Permit For Bathurst Resources Branded Hypocritical

Coal News - Published on Mon, 24 Jun 2019

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Newshub reported that an anti-coal activist has expressed dismay over the Government's decision to grant a coal mining exploration permit on Crown land in Waikato. Fve mining or exploration permits have been granted on Land Information New Zealand land, including one for coal exploration. The coal exploration permit was granted to BT Mining Ltd in September 2018. Its parent company is Wellington-based Bathurst Resources, a major player in the New Zealand coal mining industry. It was the only permit granted for coal mining exploration since the Government was elected in 2017, while the others were for mining of other minerals such as gold and silver.

Prime Minister Ms Jacinda Ardern said in late 2017 her Government would consider new permits for coal mining on a case-by-case basis. But with the Government's Zero Carbon Bill announced last month - which sets a target of zero net emissions by 2050 - the coal mining exploration permit is being criticised as a contradiction.

Cindy Baxter of Coal Action Network Aotearoa said it was "extraordinary" that with the Zero Carbon Bill in Parliament, "miners are continuing to just dig up coal and the likes of Fonterra will use it to dry milk".

Fonterra is among Bathurst Resources' clients. The dairy giant has made efforts to go carbon neutral by transitioning from coal by going electric at its Stirling site in Otago. It also surrendered a mining permit in the Waikato. But pointing to BT Mining's exploration permit, Baxter said "The coal will all end up in the sky and cause more of the global warming that the Government says it wants to stop. It's time we put an end to this."

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Mon, 24 Jun 2019
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