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Buller Council Supports Coal Mine, Councilor Claims

Anyone who thinks the Blur District Council supports the abolition of coal mines should take the time to read the entire submission to the Climate Change Commission, according to John Bougen, chairman of the Inangawa Community Board. There is.

John Bougen, Chairman of the Inangawa Community Board.
Photo: Lois Williams

Councilor Blur says the council has been stopped on the streets by the Reefton people who demand to know why they refused to fight for the coal industry and the West Coast people who work there.

“They were impressed by media reports that the council was in favor of shutting down the mines. We can’t go any further from the truth,” Bougen said.

The council’s submission acknowledged that climate change science was indisputable and strongly supported the Commission’s draft advice on reducing carbon emissions, but mines were three minutes of work in all major sectors of Blur. He said it accounted for one-third of the district’s GDP.

“The high-temperature heat generated by the combustion of high-quality coking coal used in steel manufacturing is recognized as an industry that is particularly difficult to decarbonize and difficult to decline.”

Alternative technologies for using coal in steelmaking are unlikely to be available until at least 2035, but they may move forward as international pressure to reduce carbon emissions increases.

“This puts the council and its community in an unpleasant position knowing that coking coal will become obsolete, but … we provide Blur’s economic transition and continued prosperity. If you’re not in a position to do it, that’s not the case. “

The council also pointed out the difficulties the Blur family would face if coal was banned as a household heating fuel, Mr Bougen said.

According to submissions, in areas with some of New Zealand’s highest electricity costs, people will need financial support to switch to low-emission energy sources.

“The council’s position is that coal will be needed until a viable alternative is found,” Bougen said.

“At some point it should happen and be ready for it, but until then it has been dependent on coal and has made it clear.”

Former Mayor Pat Odia has accused the council of not taking a firm stand on the issue and fighting for the future of the mine.

Bougen said the best strategy is to keep the business going as usual, but still have enough preparation and resources in case of unavoidable circumstances.

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Buller Council Supports Coal Mine, Councilor Claims

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