Environment Minister David Parker has told the Stuff media group that the Government has no plans to introduce a ban on seabed mining exploration.
A High Court decision released on Tuesday overturned a consent granted to Trans-Tasman Resources to mine up to 50 million tonnes of ironsand from a 66 square kilometre area off the South Taranaki Bight for 35 years.
Parker’s comments come at a time that the Greens and various environmental groups are demanding a total ban on any seabed mining.
Stuff said Trans-Tasman said it was disappointed with the High Court outcome.
“Of the eight different grounds of appeal only one was upheld and that was solely in relation to the correct legal meaning of 'adaptive management' or the type of environmental compliance monitoring required to be incorporated in the TTR consents.
“The outcome on the application of the law with regard to adaptive management is being referred back to the DMC (EPA) by the Court for reconsideration applying the correct legal test of the concept.
“TTR is reviewing our QC's detailed assessment of the ruling and considering our options before being able to comment further.”
David Parker said the court ruling was an example of the rule of law working. Further comment would be inappropriate because both parties had the option to appeal.