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New Zealand Government Exempts Coal Mining from Coronavirus Lockdown

Coal News - Published on Thu, 26 Mar 2020

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Most of New Zealand's coal miners will head to work today, as usual, having won a last-ditch exemption from the Covid-19 lockdown. The government has conceded their fuel is essential to provide energy for food factories in the South Island. As a result, the coal industry has been told it is necessary to keep the nation fed.

The industry's recognition as an essential industry during the lockdown is understood to have been adopted reluctantly by the government, which long criticised the coal business for its role in climate change. But two days of lobbying by both the coal and dairy industries led the government to defer that debate until after the Covid-19 battle is won.

This concession applies only to local coal - the export industry for coal is shut down from today.

New Zealand mined 3.035 million tonnes of coal in the most recent figures available from the Ministry for Business Innovation and Employment.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Thu, 26 Mar 2020
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