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 5,207 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 (5,207 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.
The hearing began on 25 September 2014. Find out more at the links below.
31 October 2014
Memoranda of Counsel
The DMC received two Memoranda of Counsel (MoC) from KASM, DSCC, and Greenpeace. You can view the MoC using the link below.
30 October 2014
Hearing adjourned until 3 November
The sitting of the hearing in Hamilton has been completed. The hearing will reconvene in Wellington at 2pm on 3 November.
29 October 2014
Questions on EPA staff reports
The EPA has received all notices to question the EPA. You can view the question topics using the link below.
28 October 2014
Joint witness statement
The EPA has received the joint witness statement from the second expert conference regarding conditions. You can view the supplementary statement using the link below.
24 October 2014
The EPA has received supplementary evidence from Elizabeth Fulton on ecosystem effects. You can view the evidence using the link below.
22 October 2014
Supplementary EPA staff report issued
The Decision-making Committee (DMC) commissioned the EPA staff to
prepare a supplementary staff report. The purpose of this report is to
provide the DMC with an assessment of the application following
consideration of additional material provided by CRP after the EPA’s
August 2014 staff report, but prior to the start of the hearing on 25 September (apart
from some joint witness statements which were tabled at the hearing).
The report does not include a conclusion or recommendation on whether
the application should be granted.
Note: The report is not the decision on the application. It is an input into the DMC decision-making process.
Questioning of EPA at hearing
The DMC has stated that any party to the
process that wants to question the EPA may do so. The EPA is scheduled
to appear on 3 November 2014 to answer relevant questions on the
The Hearing Procedures outline the rules, key dates and timeframe by which the hearing will run.