Last minute Waitaha-hydro deal biased – Forest and Bird

Due process is at risk, says Forest & Bird, in a proposal to build a hydro-electric scheme on conservation land.

The Department of Conservation has begun re-consulting submitters with last minute deal sweeteners offered as mitigation for a proposed hydro scheme on the Waitaha River on the West Coast.

“These are extremely minor mitigation measures, which should not trigger a new round of consultation, a year and a half down the track,” says Conservation Advocacy Manager Jen Miller. “This consultation is biased in favour of the company, at the expense of the many people who submitted in good faith.”

More than 3000 people submitted on the concession application by Westpower Limited in November 2016.

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