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Chatham Rock Phosphate Ltd: Application for marine consent

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Overview

Chatham Rock Phosphate Ltd (CRP) is proposing to mine phosphate nodules from the Chatham Rise, initially within an 820 sq. km area for which it has a mining permit. In the future, mining may also occur in a wider 10,192 sq. km area, dependent on monitoring results and environmental investigations. CRP is seeking a marine consent from the EPA in relation to the wider area (10,192 sq. km). CRP proposes to mine at least 30 sq. km of seabed per annum to meet its annual minimum production target of 1.5 million tonnes of phosphate nodules. 

Latest updates

Update - 21 August 2014

Further information response

CRP has provided a further response on 21 August 2014 to the EPA's request for further information.

Update - 20 August 2014

Requirements for submitters outlined

The DMC has released a minute (Minute 6) and updated the Hearing Procedures to outline evidence requirements for submitters and advise when the timetable for conferencing and the pre-hearing meeting will be issued.

Update - 18 August 2014

Staff Report and NKKT Report issued

The marine consent process allows the EPA to obtain advice on any aspect of a marine consent application or on an activity that is associated with it. This information will support the decision-making process.

The EPA commissioned its staff to prepare a report on the CRP application.

The EPA also commissioned a report from Ngā Kaihautū Tikanga Taiao, the EPA’s Māori Advisory Committee. 

Update - 18 August 2014

Further information response

CRP provided a further response on 15 August 2014 to the EPA's request for further information.

Update - 15 August 2014

Further information response

CRP provided a further response on 14 August 2014 to the EPA’s request for further information. 

Update - 13 August 2014

Further information response

CRP responded on 12 August 2014 to further information requests from the Decision-making Committee (DMC). This response covers the following matters:

DMC further information request 17 July 2014:

  • The fourth bullet under 'benefit to New Zealand'
  • The request under 'operational viability and environmental effects'
  • The request under 'exclusion areas'

DMC further information request 25 July 2014:

  • The request under 'Benefits to Chatham Islanders'

Update - 11 August 2014

Minutes from the DMC

The DMC has issued two minutes (minutes 4 & 5) advising of expert conferencing and a pre-hearing meeting for existing interests. 

Further information response

CRP responded on 8 August 2014 to the DMC's further information requests. This response covers the following matters:

DMC further information request 17 July 2014:

  • The three requests for information under 'commercial viability'
  • The first three requests under the 'benefit to New Zealand''
DMC further information request 25 July 2014:
  • The request under 'effects on migrating eels'
  • The two requests under 'extent of mining operations'

Correspondence to the DMC

Hearing Procedures

The Hearing Procedures outline the rules, key dates and timeframe by which the hearing will run.






 In this section:

The application

Learn more about CRP's application for a marine consent and view the application documents.

Reports and advice

Read the reports and advice provided to the EPA about CRP’s marine consent application.

Submissions received

See the submissions received on the CRP proposal.

Decision-making Committee

The EPA Board has appointed a Decision-making Committee to decide whether or not to grant the application.

The hearing

Find out more about the procedures and timelines for the CRP application.

Previous updates

View the previous updates on the CRP marine consent application here.

Contact us

Key contacts at the EPA for the Chatham Rock Phosphate application.

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