Public to get meeting on Ohai subsidence

ALEX FENSOME
Last updated 05:00 10/12/2012

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A meeting between Ohai residents, Solid Energy and the Southland District Council over potential subsidence issues in the town will be held, but no date has been set.

After a private meeting between Solid Energy and the council in late August, it was agreed to hold a public meeting.

The council is working on a pamphlet to distribute to residents giving information on the subsidence issue before the meeting takes place.

Council group manager environment and community Bruce Halligan said he had completed the draft version of the pamphlet and submitted it to chief executive Dave Adamson for approval. It would then be given to Solid Energy for the company's input.

Mr Halligan said he hoped it would be published by Christmas.

The council has been working with Solid Energy because it owns the existing Ohai mine and is responsible for most of the disused underground tunnels, although not those lying directly under the town.

"We want to have some input from Solid Energy because we wouldn't want to be putting out information which is not accurate," Mr Halligan said.

There was no finalised date for the public meeting, he said. It would also cover the future of the Ohai coal mine, and Solid Energy's plans for the area.

The mine was closed in 2009 and put into a rehabilitation programme. In 2011, a 50,000 tonne deposit of Ohai coal was discovered and has been extracted and sold on the domestic market.

The work brought eight jobs to the area.

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