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Seabed miner applies again

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/08/2016

Trans Tasman Resources is having another crack at getting approval to mine for ironsands off the Taranaki shoreline.

It has lodged an application with the Environmental Protection Authority to mine an area of 66sq km between 22km and 36km off the coast, more than two years after its original application was turned down.

Since then it had done more work on its application and spoken with a wide range of stakeholders, regulators and interest groups.

"We have also addressed concerns and questions on the South Taranaki Bight project including its commercial impacts and economic benefits locally, regionally and for New Zealand," said chairman Alan Eggers.

But Kiwis Against Seabed Mining, which fought the original application, says it won't back down this time either.

"From the public reaction this week on social media, we know the strength of feeling against seabed mining hasn't gone away. If anything, it's stronger," said chairman Phil McCabe.

He said TTR was trying to wear down the public opposition.

"But this foreign-owned company should know that they will continue to meet strong resistance from Kiwis."

TTR says the dredging area is within a vast expanse of sand exposed to significant wave and tidal action and with no significant marine features.

It wants to extract up to 50 million tonnes of ironsands each year.

It says the project will create 1650 jobs and add $350 million to the national economy.

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