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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 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.

Hearing schedule

The hearing began on 25 September 2014. Find out more at the links below. 

Latest updates

20 October 2014

Memorandum of Counsel

The EPA received a Memorandum of Counsel (MoC) from the Crown regarding vessel requirements. You can view the MoC using the link below.

17 October 2014

Joint witness statement 

The EPA has received the joint witness statement and supporting documentation from the marine mammals expert conferencing. You can view the documents using the link below.

14 October 2014

Minute issued by DMC

The Decision-making Committee (DMC) has issued a minute (M20) in response to the Memorandum of Counsel from CRP regarding the supplementary EPA Staff Report. You can view the minute using the link below.

Hearing schedule update

The EPA has released an updated schedule for the hearing. Please note this is a provisional schedule and if any changes are required, please contact the EPA's CRP application team by close of play on 15 October 2014. You can view the updated schedule using the link below.

13 October 2014

Minute issued by DMC

The Decision-making Committee (DMC) has issued a minute in response to the latest Memorandum of Counsel (MoC) from KASM, Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC), and Greenpeace. You can view the minute using the link below. 

Memorandum of Counsel

The DMC has received an MoC from CRP in relation to the second EPA staff report. You can view the MoC using the link below.

10 October 2014

Memorandum of Counsel 

The Decision-making Committee (DMC) received a Memorandum of Counsel (MoC) from CRP regarding its marine mammal evidence. You can view the MoC using the link below.

The DMC received two joint MoCs, from KASM, DSCC and Greenpeace, in response to CRP's marine mammal evidence and its latest MoC. You can view the MoCs using the link below.

Joint witness statement

The EPA has received the joint witness statement on Conditions. You can view the statement using the link below.

9 October 2014

Hearing schedule

Earlier this week the EPA agreed to postpone the Chatham Islands part of the hearing (originally scheduled for 8/9 October) due to unforeseen circumstances. The hearing on the Chathams has been rescheduled for 12 and 13 November. The venue for the hearing will be confirmed in the next few days.

A revised hearing schedule will be available shortly.

Joint witness statements 

The EPA has received an amended report regarding the Pre-hearing meeting on Existing Interests. You can view the amended report using the link below.

Applicant evidence

The EPA has received evidence on marine mammals from Darlene Ketten. You can view the evidence using the link below.

6 October 2014

Urgent hearing update

On the advice of local iwi and imi the EPA has agreed to postpone the Chatham Islands part of the hearing until a new date is decided, probably in late October or early November. We will update the website when the new date is known.

1 October 2014

Joint witness statements

The EPA has received the joint witness statements regarding Impacts on Fish and Ecosystem effects. You can view the statements using the link below.

Hearing Procedures

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

The hearing

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

Evidence

See the evidence provided in relation to the CRP application.

Decision-making Committee

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

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.

The application

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

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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