A nor’wester is whistling down the lake and rattling at the windows of Mike and Louise Neilson’s Lake Ohau Lodge.
Benmore Irrigation Company has lodged an appeal against decisions of Environment Canterbury commissioners to decline its resource consent applications.
The company last year applied for resource consent to increase its irrigation area by 3666.5ha to 7658ha and to discharge onto land nitrates that may enter water.
Loopholes that allowed much-criticised vegetation clearance in the Mackenzie District will be closed before Christmas.
Concerns over the rate of indigenous vegetation being cleared in the district sparked a legal challenge by the Environmental Defence Society (EDS), which was heard under urgency in the Environment Court in Christchurch last week.
The Mackenzie District Council and the Environmental Defence Society have reached an agreement that settles EDS’s Declaration Proceedings regarding land conversion in the Mackenzie District.
The settlement involves a commitment from the Council, subject to its statutory duties, to introduce a Plan Change before Christmas that will temporarily suspend the exemption provisions from its district plan for a period of 12 months. The expectation is that within that time completely new plan provisions will be put in place. The Environment Court made orders late yesterday effectively endorsing the approach.
IN THE MATTER: of an application for declarations under Part 12 of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA)
ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE SOCIETY INCORPORATED (EDS)
(ENV-2016-CHC-000071 ) Applicant
MACKENZIE DISTRICT COUNCIL Respondent
Court action by the Environmental Defence Society is meddling in the development of the Mackenzie Basin, Federated Farmers high country chairman Simon Williamson says.
(Sailors Cutting on the southern side on the Ahuriri arm of Lake Benmore an area Fish and Game is concerned would be contaminated by run off from farms.)
Benmore Irrigation Company shareholders are “hugely disappointed” after an application to extend the area it irrigates in the Mackenzie Basin was declined, chairman Henry Williamson says.
A landmark agreement that aimed to help balance economic and environmental needs in the Mackenzie District could be on the rocks if the District Plan is not adhered to, it has been claimed.
The Mackenzie District Council will head to court in December over claims it was turning a blind eye to land conversion occurring in the Mackenzie Basin without proper consents.
(Concerns have been raised about land clearance in the Mackenzie Basin.)
The rapid clearance of land in the Mackenzie Basin is causing “permanent harm” to the landscape, an ecologist says.
Politicians have waded into the battle over the environmental impact of land conversion in the district, as the Mackenzie District Council prepares to head to court over the issue.
A South Island farm that increased its pollution tenfold in the space of a year did so in a “blatant and cynical attempt to rort the system”, an environment group says.
It fears the pollution will end up in nearby waterways, putting critically threatened species at risk.