From The ODT
"Commissioners have decided two to one to grant resource consent for a controversial hydro dam on the West Coast.
The consents were subject to 200 conditions to mitigate and monitor the dam's effects.
These included habitat enhancement and predator control over 3000ha.
An initial bond of $500,000 was also required from Meridian, which says the scheme would produce enough power for 51,000 homes.
The plan - which would see the building of an 85m high dam creating a 14km long lake - has been opposed by environmental lobbyists and the Department of Conservation.
They say the scheme would come at too high a cost to the environment and that there are better schemes which could produce enough power for the Coast without as much damage.This is what that dam will do
We can still stop this dam - we must stop this dam.