Quote of the day

Real people live in places like the West Coast. At the moment we are doing it hard. We know that prices will recover, but we have to ask if there will be an opportunity to benefit. We want to be more than a picture post card on an Auckland coffee table. We want a reasonable future alongside a responsible mining industry that knows that it must look after the environment that we actually live in every day. We want a fair go. New Zealand prides itself on a concept of fairness. Sadly that seems to have gone out the window where mining is proposed.Paul Wylie, chief executive Buller District Council in the foreword to From Red Tape to Green Gold


4 Responses to Quote of the day

  1. Andrei says:

    I doubt there is much future for West Coast coal.

    The use of coal as fuel is declining worldwide and it is not exactly a rare commodity.

    Once it powered New Zealand but no more and the world is moving to natural gas.

    Perhaps Pike River taught us a hard lesson – it is just too expensive to mine coal in underground mines for the value of the product it produces.

    Sad for the West Coast – particularly in light of the fact that urban greens will reflexively oppose anything that might rejuvenate its economy


  2. Paranormal says:

    Andrei, my understanding is that whilst using coal for heating is declining globally, our West Coast coal is of a quality that makes it sought after for steel smelting.


  3. JC says:

    Back in the day my father and grandfather, both blacksmiths used to specify Brunner coal for working with steel.



  4. Andrei says:

    Wishful thinking Paranormal. the West Coast is a very long way from any Steel Mills and coal is relatively plentiful globally

    How they do it in Germany – can you imagine this happening on the West Coast?

    Don’t get me wrong I’d love to see this but I don’t see it happening


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