Canterbury coalmine fined after runoff endangers fish habitat

Posted 20/11/2017

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The company behind a Canterbury coalmine have been fined $10,500 after letting sediment run into waterways, putting at risk the habitat of the region's most threatened fish.

Environment Canterbury (ECan) has fined Bathurst Coal Ltd after unauthorised runoff from development at the company's Canterbury Coal mine at Coalgate was detected on 14 occasions. The opencast mine is 70 kilometres west of Christchurch.

The runoff was found in the Tara and Bush Gully streams after heavy rainfall in July, August and September this year. Both streams feed into Lake Ellesmere (Te Waihora).

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