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Anti-miners "jumping the gun" claims John Key. Yeah right!
PM Key says mining opponents jumping the gun by assuming plans for mining conservation land set in stone
The Prime Minister says people opposed to mining conservation land on the Coromandel Peninsula are jumping the gun by assuming a leaked document sets out the government's plans in stone.
Forest and Bird has released what it believes are the government's intentions to mine conservation land, raising concerns about ruining the environment and increasing the risk of flooding in the area.
John Key says Forest and Bird is wrong to assume anything has been decided.
"Cabinet hasn't even made those decisions yet. They've jumped to conclusions. What we are going to do is get a balance between our economic opportunities and our environmental responsibilities." Its obviously been discussed previously and is just a matter of signining it off officially. Does Key think we are all stupid like his colleagues?.
Mr Key says Forest and Bird is being typically hysterical, but he concedes a small piece of land will be opened up, if it is warranted, and will be mined using modern techniques. Hysterical? Favourite comments of the powerful!
Forest and Bird believes the land planned for mining includes:
- Te Ahumata plateau on Great Barrier Island (about 700ha) - Otahu Ecological Area (396ha) and Parakawai Geological Reserve (70ha) near Whangamata and 2500ha near Thames township - Eastern Paparoa National Park, near Inangahua (3000ha). Probably a reasonable list built on knowledge of the subject.
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