Save the Denniston plateau

 

Save the Denniston plateau

 

What’s happening?

Unfortunately these distinctive plateaux sits above the Buller Coal Measures – which have long been targeted by coal mining companies.

The Stockton Plateau has been half-destroyed by open-cast mining in the past few decades.

The Denniston Plateau has a history of small-scale underground mining, but because it has never been open-cast mined, it remains virtually intact. However all that is about to change.

Forest & Bird has spent the last three years fighting through the courts to stop Bathurst Resources from digging a 200-hectare coking coal mine.

Coking coal is used to make steel, but it is not the only means to do so. Bio-char, made from (for example) forestry waste, can be used to the same effect. 

In November 2013 Forest & Bird elected not to appeal an Environment Court decision to grant Bathurst permission to start mining the Department of Conservation-managed plateau.

 

Below is the letter and recommendations from forest and bird.  If you can’t snail mail then send and email.  Thanks so much. LL

 

DENNISTON RESERVE

MAKE YOUR STATEMENT TO SAVE THE DENNISTON PLATEAU FROM MINING

PLEASE SEND A LETTER TO YOUR POLITICIAN, THE PRIME MINISTER, OR ANY RELEVANT MINISTERS, E.G. CONSERVATION, ENERGY, TOURISM, ENVIRONMENT

 

Member of Parliament’s Name

Freepost (no stamp required)

Parliament Buildings,

Wellington.

 

Notes:

Where possible send a printed letter via snail mail, as emails are more easily dismissed.

Keep your letter to less than two pages – politicians do not have time to read any more than that.

Personalise your letter – tell YOUR story

 

Dear ….

 

Open your letter with your personal experience of New Zealand’s wild and natural places. Mention any involvement you have with the Denniston Plateau, and the adjacent Stockton Plateau. Include any other associations you have with the area.

 

Ask that the Denniston Plateau, as the ONLY coal measure ecosystem on rare sandstone pavements held as public conservation land be PROTECTED IN RESERVE TO PROHIBIT ANY MINING IN THE FUTURE (note: Stockton Plateau is mainly owned by the Crown for minerals exploration – and over 25% has already been subject to open cast mining).

 

State your reasons for wanting to protect the Denniston Plateau from open cast coal mining. Some examples are (please choose your own reasons that are important to you):

  • Loss of a nationally important sandstone pavement, rare and intact ecosystems.
  • Loss  of complex vegetation associations, e.g. pavements, shrublands and forested gullies all providing habitat.
  • Loss  of Great Spotted Kiwi, fern birds, weka ,invertebrates, koura [fresh water cray-fish]
  • Loss of wetlands, negative effects on the Whareatea River, e.g. water quality, as habitat, temperature.
  • Loss of landscape values
  • Loss of opportunity to protect the only viable remaining sandstone pavement coal measures ecosystem on pubic conservation land.
  • Climate change – potential of 80 million tonnes of coal within the Plateau – that would contribute around 120 – 160 MT of CO2 into the atmosphere.
  • Heritage and recreational values.
  • Support Forest & Bird’s proposed 5900 hectare reserve centred on the Denniston Plateau.

 

Finish your letter with a request for action and a response to your letter.

 

Name, Address and other contact details

john.key@parliament.govt.nz

http://n.smith@ministers.govt.nz 

My brief letter went like this…

 

Dear Mr Key,

 

below is a list of things that will happen if you allow Denniston to get sold and allow it to be mined.  Why should we have to fight your government to keep our natural heritage? 

 

  • Loss of a nationally important sandstone pavement, rare and intact ecosystems.
  • Loss  of complex vegetation associations, e.g. pavements, shrublands and forested gullies all providing habitat.
  • Loss  of Great Spotted Kiwi, fern birds, weka ,invertebrates, koura [fresh water cray-fish]
  • Loss of wetlands, negative effects on the Whareatea River, e.g. water quality, as habitat, temperature.
  • Loss of landscape values
  • Loss of opportunity to protect the only viable remaining sandstone pavement coal measures ecosystem on pubic conservation land.
  • Climate change – potential of 80 million tonnes of coal within the Plateau – that would contribute around 120 – 160 MT of CO2 into the atmosphere.
  • Heritage and recreational values.
  • Support Forest & Bird’s proposed 5900 hectare reserve centred on the Denniston Plateau.
PLEASE stop John Key.  Some where inside you maybe you have the ability to see beyond dollars signs.

 

Yours Sincerly

 

Lola Orlando

 

 
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