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Sea-bed mining on the West Coast

Posted by SCe Comments Off on Sea-bed mining on the West Coast

I got this message about a meeting to discuss sea bed mining on the West Coast. This is of interest to Piha so it would be good for some locals to attend.

Internationally there is unprecedented economic interest in minerals embedded in the seafloor.

Consents have been issued for huge amounts of seabed mineral prospecting and extraction on our West Coast, with Greenpeace warning global seabed mining could cover the widest area of all human destruction.

Mining and prospecting includes drilling and sucking, plus a range of seismic and sonic testing.  Already, Rio Tinto are prospecting for minerals off Auckland’s West Coast, covering an area of over 540 km2, and Australian company TransTasman Resources (TTR) is preparing for their first seabed mining consent sometime in the next couple of months.

There’s also already sand mining occurring within and outside the Kaipara Harbour.

All these activities have impacts on marine life, especially dangerous for Maui’s dolphins who cannot sustain a single human induced death.

Seabed mining affects surf breaks, coastal land forms and other marine life too.

Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM) is committed to informing the NZ public of this issue, so if you want to know more join us at Muriwai Fire Station at 7.30, Wednesday 5 September.

WHAT: KASM on Sea Bed Mining

WHEN: 7;30pm 5th September

WHERE: Muriwai Fire Station

Everyone welcome, this is a really important issue for Muriwai and anyone who loves our beaches and surf breaks, please pass this on to friends and family.

Phelan Pirrie

Trust Chair

Muriwai Environmental Action Community Trust

Mobile: 021 844 124


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