Mining application lacks information, hearing toldSave
By Laurel Stowell
Trans-Tasman Resources' seabed mining proposal lacks basic information about the process and does not take account of the sea life in the South Taranaki Bight.
That is the contention of Hawera woman Karen Pratt who spent two years researching the controversial proposal and has written a 700-page submission on it.
Her submission was presented to the Environmental Protection Authority which is holding hearings into TTR's application, and on Tuesday Mrs Pratt spoke at the EPA hearing in New Plymouth.
The company wants to mine millions of tonnes of ironsand from the seabed between 22 kilometres and 36km offshore from Patea.
Mrs Pratt had only 15 minutes to give her evidence, and she spoke quickly, using graphics on a screen.
She said the application didn't have enough information about ecosystems, and she made reference to reefs, sponges, fish and micro algae.
The application did not provide a noise plan, did not give solid information on economic benefits, did not deal with the desalination plant and grinder needed or the huge amount of heavy fuel oil needed to power it all.
The operation would use more fuel oil than the Queen Mary, Mrs Pratt said.
While climate change cannot be cited as an effect under exclusive economic zone legislation, she said air quality would be affected.
She was also concerned about the amount of light a sediment plume would block, and how sea life would be affected.
And she said the worst case scenario cited by TTR was not really the worst case.
Also addressing the hearing on Tuesday were Dr Will Edwards and Cassandra Crowley for South Taranaki iwi Nga Ruahine.
Dr Edwards referred to their "deeper knowledge" as he implored the four members of the EPA committee to see the matter through a "Maori lens".