The environmental group, The Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society on Tuesday announced that it was not going to appeal an Environment Court decision for allowing Australian miner Bathurst Resources to move forward with an open cast mine on the Denniston Plateau near Westport.
According to a new report, Bathurst Resources has finally got the approval for the resources of their project related to coal mine on West Coast's Denniston Plateau. Today, the Environment Court gave the approval for the project, leading to an end of the fight with the environmentalists.
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Forest & Bird and the West Coast Environment Network do not want that Bathurst Resources should get green signal for mining on the Denniston Plateau.
They have even lodged a number of appeals, but none of them has been approved. Yet again, the Environment Court has refused to accept the new appeal made by the Forest & Bird and the West Coast Environment Network.
In his recent statements, Conservation Minister Mr. Nick Smith has said the mine approval is taking too long, which could bring the court process into disrepute.
The minister is trying to seek approval to an open-cast coal mine on the Denniston Plateau since a very long time. He says any more appeals into it could bring disrepute for the court procedures.
Treasurer Wayne Swan has come under huge pressure after it has been realized that the mining tax revenue has risen but is still far below the amount predicted for the year by Treasury.
While Treasury had forecasted that the revenue would be touching $2 billion, the same has remained at $126 million only. The amount of the mining tax for its first six months was announced by Mr. Swan the previous day.
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