Waihi Gold Mining is “Inherently Unsustainable” – Minister

 At Last, a Government Minister Tells the Truth About Gold Mining

Oceana Gold (New Zealand) Ltd has been refused consent under the Overseas Investment Act to buy land to expand its Waihi gold mines. Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage says expansion of gold mining at Waihi is inherently unsustainable, poses potentially large environmental and economic risks should tailings reservoirs fail, will increase climate-damaging emissions, and will provide only moderate employment benefits.Read More »

Second Massive Mine Tailings Dam Collapse in 3 Years

Brazil’s Worst Environmental Disaster and over 300 Dead

For the second time in three years, a mine tailings dam in Brazil holding millions of tons of mud and sludge has collapsed cascading its toxic contents into local towns, killing scores of people and devastating the local environment. The Waihi and nearby Waitekauri mining companies say their tailings dam are safe but might they too collapse in a large earthquake?Read More »

Labour/Greens Coromandel Mining Ban

Labour/Greens agree to protect Southern Coromandel from mining

2petitionLast week a petition with 4,500 signatures was presented to Parliament.  The petition called on the Government to extend “Schedule 4” protection from mining to conservation land and beaches in the southern part of the Coromandel.   Previous election policies for both Labour and the Greens have included this commitment, but the National Party has always been opposed.  Read More »