Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Protecting water worth fighting for


Good to see The Lower Waitaki River Management Society is still fighting against meridian energy.

"The Lower Waitaki River Management Society yesterday confirmed it would go ahead with its Environment Court appeal against Meridian's $900 million North Bank tunnel concept power scheme after mediation last week failed.

It was the last of five appeals before the court, due to be heard from June 22 in Oamaru and Christchurch, after four other appellants either withdrew or decided not to oppose the scheme."

Best explained here and here.

"It is a David and Goliath situation, but it is important we indicate quite clearly what we believe should happen."

The society has a $40,000 grant from the Ministry of the Environment's legal fund along with donations to help pay for the appeal.

However, it would welcome further donations, Mr Penno said.

Meridian wants to build a power scheme on the lower Waitaki River between the Waitaki dam and Stonewall."

Good luck to this group with their appeal.

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