NZ rejects second experimental seabed mining application

 ‘Mining would cause significant and permanent adverse effects on the seabed environment. This included rare ecosystems including stony corals.’

Chatham phosphate mining consent refused

Radio New Zealand

Chatham Rock Phosphate has been refused a marine consent to mine phosphate on the Chatham Rise seabed.

The decision by the Environmental Protection Authority was released this morning.

The company wanted to mine three 10 square kilometre blocks per year; mining would have been at depths of up to 450 metres.

The authority’s decision said the mining would cause significant and permanent adverse effects on the seabed environment. This included rare ecosystems including stony corals.

The authority said there would have been destructive effects from the extraction process, as well as from the deposit of sediment from the mined area.

It said the economic benefit to New Zealand from the mining proposal would be modest at best.

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