An environmental group has lost a High Court battle to have climate change taken into account when considering coalmining resource consents.
Earlier this year, the Environment Court ruled that climate change could not be considered when local authorities assessed applications for coal extraction. However, Forest & Bird appealed against the decision.
In a decision released last week, the High Court upheld the Environment Court ruling. Perth-based miner Bathurst, operating behind subsidiary Buller Coal, plans to develop an open-cast mine on the Denniston Plateau.
Forest & Bird field officer Debs Martin said the group appealed against the decision in a bid to stop public conservation land being "destroyed" by mining.
"Climate change will have the greatest impact on the world's plants, animals and people, and it's hard to see why the RMA should ignore this."
Forest & Bird is still appealing against the resource consent application for the mine. An Environment Court hearing over the consent will start in Christchurch on October 29.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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