Date: 26 October 2016
The decision was made after DOC and its independent experts reviewed the modified application and provided Trans Tasman Resources Ltd with comments and requested amendments to the draft conditions to address potential adverse effects on the marine environment.
Trans Tasman accepted all the revised conditions and amendments to the monitoring and management plans requested and DOC does not consider that further conservation gains will be made by submitting on the application.
DOC signed a confidentiality agreement covering commercial and technical aspects of the proposal to enable DOC to assess the application, which has been heavily revised since an earlier application was refused consent in 2013. DOC was a submitter to the previous application.
Trans Tasman’s application will be considered by a decision-making committee, appointed by the Environmental Protection Authority.
The hearings process is the appropriate forum to deal with any issues raised in submissions and DOC will not be making any further comment while the Environmental Protection Authority process is underway.
Note: Paragraph 43 has been redacted for legal reasons and because DOC is not in a position to disclose the views of all other government departments. Paragraph 43 does not have any impact on DOC’s consideration of Trans Tasman's application.
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