Saturday, December 3, 2011

Do we have to do this AGAIN - protest to stop mining on the conservation estate...

copy and paste below from the Forest and Bird website:

Ask John Key to keep his government’s promise about mining our conservation land

This week the new government signalled that mining on public conservation land is again on its agenda. It has broken the promise made last year to give all New Zealanders a say about significant mining projects on conservation land.
On Monday, Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson sent a letter to Forest & Bird saying the government will not publicly notify the access arrangement for a planned 160-hectare open-cast coal mine on the Denniston Plateau. This would allow all New Zealanders to have a say on whether the mine should go ahead.
The Denniston Plateau is an extraordinary and wild part of New Zealand, with a unique ecosystem that is home to great spotted kiwi, kaka, West Coast geckos, giant land snails, bonsai rata and many other special plants and animals.
For more information, see here.
You can help. Please send this e-card to Prime Minister John Key today to ask him to keep his government’s promise. Thank you very much from Forest & Bird.
Photos: Top, 50,000 Kiwis marching in Queen Street last year against mining national parks; left, the Denniston Plateau; right, neighbouring Stockton mine/Craig Potton
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