Aotearoa: A Wider Perspective

Two years after the BP, Halliburton, Goldman Sachs oil disaster in the Golf of Mexico horrible things are turning up in the fishermen’s nets. Eyeless shrimp, soft shell crabs and fish with oil and Corexit in their tissue.

Not only that but fisheries are collapsing life is ebbing and dolphins are dying yet our government wants to invite these corporations over here to do the same thing they did over there.

Here is the current Hikoi ittinerary:
Be there!!!

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Seabed phosphate miner seeks more cash

Let’s hope the Hikoi puts investors off at least for a while!

Chatham Rock Phosphate needs to raise another US$2million (NZ$2.4m) this year and US$12m more next year as it moves towards plans to mine undersea phosphate in a couple of years.

The company plans to apply for a mining licence in June and a marine consent in September, with hopes of commercial mining on the Chatham Rise in 2014.

The company has just completed a total of 48 days surveying the Chatham Rise over the summer.

The latest cruise of the Dorado Discovery exploration ship ended yesterday and the company would now start the mammoth job of resource modelling, environmental assessment and geotechnical analysis.

The surveys had shown the phosphate deposits were as variable as they expected from earlier work carried out in the 1980s.

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Billion dollar ironsands IPO in prospect

Developers of an offshore Taranaki ironsands mining project say it could be greenlighted within the next three years, and require infrastructure costing between $500 million and $1 billion.

Such a large investment in what could prove to be New Zealand’s largest single source of exports would lend itself to an initial public offering, Bill Bissett, the chairman of TransTasman Resources, the group investigating the ironsands opportunity, told BusinessDesk in an interview.

TTRL began investigating the global scale ironsands deposits, most of which lie within the 12 mile nautical limit off the coasts of Taranaki and Whanganui, in 2007.

It announced in April that Denham Capital, a United States private equity fund linked to the Harvard Endowment Trust, had become a 48 percent shareholder.

Local broker McDouall Stuart also helped find a group of wealthy New Zealanders who have invested “some millions” in the exploratory phase for the project, on which both Government and Opposition politicians have been kept fully briefed.

TTRL has kept a low profile to date, while spending substantial sums understanding the size of the resource, its potential contribution as a world-scale feedstock for steel-making, and consulting with local government, Maori and other stakeholders.

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Discussion paper for the review of the Crown Mineral Act

We have until the 20th of April to put forth submissions with regards to the revision of the Crown Mineral act. We are currently working on our automated submission page to make your submission easier.

Here is the discussion paper for those of you interested to read the whole paper.

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K.A.S.M. (Kiwi’s Against Seabed Mining)

In support of Kiwis against seabed mining a member of the surfers for cetaceans wrote the following:

I write this letter on the Raglan West Bridge alongside two hundred other concerned coastal people…
Led by Kiwi’s Against Seabed Mining (KASM) we walked silently through the streets of downtown Raglan holding signs of community opposition to proposed iron ore seabed mining in New Zealand’s coastal waters. We stand to show our concern for mining’s impact on New Zealand’s precious natural resources, including the critically endangered Maui’s Dolphin.

sea bed mining

Now we wait silently to usher Mr. Andrew Summerville, representative of the Trans Tasman Resources (TTR) mining company, who seek to mine for iron ore off the west coast of New Zealand. A group of local children bearing anti-mining signs will soon escort his vehicle across the bridge.

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Billions in iron sand?

This article appeared in the Taranaki times in March 2011 but as this blog wasn’t active at the time I thought I’d post it now. $ 2300 billion worth of Iron sand to be harvested from our seabeds? Anyone want to comment on this? (Remember you will have to be approved once to check if you’re a human being or a spam bot)

An estimated $2300 billion worth of ironsand is sitting off the coast of Taranaki, a company seeking rights to mine the mineral says.

Trans-Tasman Resources (TTR), a New Zealand-based company owned by overseas interests, revealed the facts and figures behind its plans in a presentation to the Taranaki/Whanganui Conservation Board.

TTR was established to explore, assess and then hopefully mine the iron-ore deposits off the west coast of the North Island, the company’s environmental and approvals manager, Andy Sommerville, said.

His estimate is a result of surveys already completed. He said his company was one of several applying for, or which have already been granted, prospecting rights on the west coast.

TTR had Crown Mineral Act approval for prospecting an area along the west coast and was in the process of applying for a second, he said.

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Gulf’s dolphins pay heavy price for Deepwater Horizon oil spill

New studies show impact of BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster on dolphins and other marine wildlife may be far worse than feared. 

A new study of dolphins living close to the site of North America’s worst ever oil spill – the BP Deepwater Horizon catastrophe two years ago – has established serious health problems afflicting the marine mammals.

The report, commissioned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA], found that many of the 32 dolphins studied were underweight, anaemic and suffering from lung and liver disease, while nearly half had low levels of a hormone that helps the mammals deal with stress as well as regulating their metabolism and immune systems.

More than 200m gallons of crude oil flowed from the well after a series of explosions on 20 April 2010, which killed 11 workers. The spill contaminated the Gulf of Mexico and its coastline in what President Barack Obama called America’s worst environmental disaster.

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