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Friday, June 14, 2013

"Offsetting" is not "Mitigating"

This is interesting news indeed.
"Basically the High Court has ruled that the concept of “offsetting” by the mining company donating to pest control is not “mitigation” at the site of the mine. Essentially this means the effects of an open cast mine cannot be considered to have been lessened if money is spent on other unrelated environmental activities. The $22 million for pest control in the Heaphy area and on parts of the Denniston plateau will not be considered as a mitigation for open case mining an iconic landscape."
Read Catherine Delahunty's post here (Jeanette's finger-prints are all over this :-)

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