Lignite protection bid fails
Solid Energy's bid to have a new policy protecting lignite as a valuable resource enshrined within the Central Otago District Council's district plan has been rejected by the Environment Court.
In July last year, Solid Energy sought to have 4784 hectares of lignite grounds in the Hawkdun and Home Hills area, for which it holds the exploration permit, protected by inserting a clause into the plan ''recognising the potential value of the lignite resource and the importance of ensuring mineral resources are not sterilised,'' or rendered unproductive.
The notice of appeal in which the clause was contained came off the back of a series of plan changes seeking to protect landscapes of extreme, high and significant sensitivity, first proposed in 2008.
Judge Jon Jackson last week ruled the paragraph relating to lignite protection in plan change proceedings be struck out.
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