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.
12 December 2014
Closure of CRP hearing
The Decision-making Committee (DMC) has closed the hearing on the CRP application. The Committee now has 20 working days to make its decision. Due to the Christmas period a decision is expected to be made early next year. The DMC has issued a minute (M21) closing the hearing. You can view it using the link below.
19 November 2014
The Decision-making Committee (DMC) today adjourned the hearing on the application by CRP for a marine consent. It will now consider whether it has sufficient information to formally close the hearing. Once the hearing is formally closed the DMC has 20 working days to consider its decision. A decision is currently scheduled to be made around 18 December. The decision will be released as soon as practicable after it has been made.
Updated draft conditions
The DMC has received an updated draft of proposed conditions from CRP. You can view the updated draft using the link below.
17 November 2014
Submitter comments on CRP conditions
The DMC has received comments from submitters regarding CRP's draft conditions. You can view the comments using the link below.
14 November 2014
EPA comments on CRP conditions
The DMC requested EPA staff to provide comments on the draft conditions proposed by CRP. You can view the comments using the link below.
13 November 2014
Memorandum of Counsel
The DMC requested to be provided with a Memorandum of Counsel (MoC) regarding matters to assist them in making a decision on the CRP application. You can view the MoC using the link below.
5 November 2014
Memoranda of Counsel
The DMC has received two Memoranda of Counsel (MoC) from CRP in response to the 4th and 5th MoC provided by KASM, DSCC and Greenpeace. You can view the MoC using the link below.
31 October 2014
Memoranda of Counsel
The DMC has received two Memoranda of Counsel (MoC) from KASM, DSCC and Greenpeace. You can view the MoC using the link below.
The Hearing Procedures outline the rules, key dates and timeframe by which the hearing will run.