Bathhurst Resources and Solid Energy have successfully made a pre-emptive strike against the appeals of the council decisions to grant resource consents to Bathhurst Resources for their proposed open cast coal mine in the Mt Rochfort Conservation Area - the Escarpment Mine project.
Bathhurst Resources and Solid Energy have successfully obtained a declaration from the Environment Court that climate change effects from the combustion of the coal cannot be considered in the appeal of the resource consents.
TVNZ Climate change ruling irresponsible
Forest and Bird - Court decision ignores serious threats of climate change
Otago Daily Times - Court will not consider climate change.
I am left wondering if the judge concerned bothered to attend one of James Hansen's talks last year?