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Trans-Tasman Resources Limited’s (TTR) has received the Supreme Court (SC) judgment on its appeal of the Court of Appeal’s 2020 rulings on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) grant of our marine and discharge environmental consents to recover iron sands in the South Taranaki Bight.

The SC’s Judgment delivered rulings on twelve (12) points of law raised by TTR in its appeal and the submitters in their cross-appeals.

The SC judgment dismissed TTR’s appeal and has referred the consents back to the EPA’s DMC to be reconsidered.

As stated by the judgment “[229] Given the complex and evolving nature of the issues involved, it would not be appropriate to deny TTR the opportunity to have the application(s) reconsidered.”

TTR is satisfied with the SC decision.

The legal issues are now very narrowly defined and there are no aspects of the judgment that are an impediment to TTR having the consents re-approved. The Court’s rulings provide a pathway to a successful resumption of proceedings with the EPA.

Alan J Eggers
Executive Chairman
30 September 2020

 

The New Zealand Media Council’s (NZMC) decision is in reference to a media complaint by Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM) on two articles published in the Taranaki Daily News and on the Stuff media platform on May 12, 2021 (by Alan J Eggers) and May 17, 2021 (by TTR shareholder).

The NZMC concludes that Principle 5 requiring a “foundation of fact to pertain” has been breached on two occasions. Other aspects of the complaint are not upheld. 
 
TTR takes issue with the NZMC conclusions, and the basis outlined for them, in their case 3076 Verdict of 17 August 2021. 
 
TTR’s reasons and justifications for our view of the verdict have been provided to the Executive Director of NZMC along with the Editors of the Taranaki Daily News and Stuff.
 
In our view, the NZMC was not across the detail of the EPA environmental consent grants by DMC or the subsequent Court challenges to those grants; was not provided with all the relevant information by KASM in its complaint(s) and NZMC lack the relevant environmental law expertise or experience.

As a result, the NZMC made findings that are simply incorrect when it comes to the environmental law understanding and the content and accuracy of the two relevant articles published.

Therefore, we don’t accept that NZMC Principle 5 has been breached by the Taranaki Daily News or Stuff by the publication of either of the two articles in question.

In the interests of natural justice, fairness, balance and accuracy NZMC should reconsider its Verdict 3076 as it is clearly based on incorrect assumptions.

A full copy of TTR’s media release is attached for your information.  

Alan J Eggers
Executive Chairman
20th August 2021
20/08/21

 

Ideological private Member’s Bill to ban seabed mining lacks scientific credibility and would deny New Zealand access to a major new $1 billion plus sustainable export industry. This metal recovery operation will help meet the demand for strategic minerals and metals (iron, vanadium and titanium) which are required as the world transitions to a low carbon energy economy.

New Zealand has special legislation to develop resources, including minerals, in our Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) from 12Nm to 200Nm offshore under the EEZ Act 2012. The EEZ Act incorporates comprehensive environmental safeguards and international guidelines that seek to balance economic development with environmental protection.

To ban seabed mining, that has the lowest environmental, ecological and carbon footprint of alternative metal mining operations, completely contradicts the balanced and responsible approach of the EEZ Act and is short sighted.

New Zealand is well place to develop a new long-term export industry producing one of lowest carbon intensity iron ore concentrates in the world. The large known tier one world class vanadium rich titanomagnetite iron sand resources offshore along the West Coast of the North Island can be efficiently and competitively recovered utilising current low impact environmentally sustainable mineral recovery technology.

Globally, sustainable subsea mining is now being viewed as the key technology to meet the demand for high grade steel alloys and strategic metals to support the low carbon economy.

The opposition to seabed mining, and its impact, is ideological alarmist grandstanding with no factual basis, science, engineering, marine research or observational data to support it.

A full copy of TTR’s media release is attached for your information.  

Alan J Eggers

Executive Chairman

11 March 2021

08/25/20

TTR’s Supreme Court Appeal Update

Supreme Court Hearing 17 to 19 November 2020

Legal action aimed at delivering jobs, government revenue streams and regional development investment opportunities

The SC has now confirmed the hearing dates have been allocated for the appeal to be heard in the Supreme Court in Wellington on the 17, 18 and 19 November 2020.

TTR is now looking forward to completing the SC hearing process.

With international demand for iron ore surging it’s now even more important we secure the development approvals for TTR’s offshore South Taranaki Bight (STB) vanadium rich titanomagnetite sand resource being one of the largest known vanadium deposits in the world."

A full copy of todays media release is attached.

 

Alan J Eggers

Executive Chairman

TTR's Supreme Court Appeal

Legal action aimed at delivering jobs, government revenue streams and regional development investment opportunities

New Zealand controlled and managed Trans-Tasman Resources Limited (TTR) has today lodged a Notice of Appeal to the Supreme Court (SC) seeking leave to appeal the Court of Appeal (CoA) Judgment on the six points of law upheld in their findings of 3 April 2020.

The basis of the TTR appeal is that the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) Decision Making Committee (DMC) did follow the legally correct approach in granting TTR’s environmental consents in August 2017.

TTR’s Executive Chairman, Alan J Eggers, said the Company did not take the decision to lodge an appeal to New Zealand’s highest court lightly but there is too much at stake for the Taranaki region and New Zealand not to take the legal action and commented:

 

 

 

“It’s now vitally important we secure the development approvals for TTR’s offshore South Taranaki Bight (STB) vanadium rich titanomagnetite sand resource as one of the largest known drill defined vanadium deposits in the world.

The opportunity is a major new $1 billion export industry employing best practice sustainable environmental approach to mineral recovery, with minimal impact on the environment, that will help meet the demand for the strategic metals vanadium and titanium required as the world and New Zealand transition to a low carbon energy economy.

TTR’s proposed iron sand recovery operation, located 22km to 36km offshore in the STB, will deliver a large number of new jobs, skills training and port infrastructure to the region while delivering direct government revenue in royalties and corporate taxes and export earnings without the government having to deliver any economic support or hand-outs, additional services or infrastructure.

The project approval will also post the message that New Zealand is open for business, including the minerals and oil & gas sectors, we can manage and approve sustainable low impact development of our extensive EEZ (14 times the size of NZ’s land area and one of the largest in the world) and international investment is welcome.”

 

TTR’s SC Notice of Appeal seeks to reverse the CoA 3 April 2020 Judgment on the six points of law upheld and have their finding the adaptive management approach was not taken by the DMC maintained.

TTR is looking forward to having its application for leave to appeal to the SC granted, having the appeal heard as soon as possible and if the appeal succeeds the STB project gets the green light.

A full copy of today’s announcement is attached or can be accessed on TTR’s website at www.ttrl.co.nz/media/

Alan J Eggers

Executive Chairman

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TTR's Supreme Court Appeal 

Legal action aimed at delivering jobs, government revenue streams and regional development investment opportunities

New Zealand controlled and managed Trans-Tasman Resources Limited (TTR) has today lodged a Notice of Appeal to the Supreme Court (SC) seeking leave to appeal the Court of Appeal (CoA) Judgment on the six points of law upheld in their findings of 3 April 2020.

The basis of the TTR appeal is that the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) Decision Making Committee (DMC) did follow the legally correct approach in granting TTR’s environmental consents in August 2017.

TTR’s Executive Chairman, Alan J Eggers, said the Company did not take the decision to lodge an appeal to New Zealand’s highest court lightly but there is too much at stake for the Taranaki region and New Zealand not to take the legal action and commented:

 

“It’s now vitally important we secure the development approvals for TTR’s offshore South Taranaki Bight (STB) vanadium rich titanomagnetite sand resource as one of the largest known drill defined vanadium deposits in the world.

The opportunity is a major new $1 billion export industry employing best practice sustainable environmental approach to mineral recovery, with minimal impact on the environment, that will help meet the demand for the strategic metals vanadium and titanium required as the world and New Zealand transition to a low carbon energy economy.

TTR’s proposed iron sand recovery operation, located 22km to 36km offshore in the STB, will deliver a large number of new jobs, skills training and port infrastructure to the region while delivering direct government revenue in royalties and corporate taxes and export earnings without the government having to deliver any economic support or hand-outs, additional services or infrastructure.

The project approval will also post the message that New Zealand is open for business, including the minerals and oil & gas sectors, we can manage and approve sustainable low impact development of our extensive EEZ (14 times the size of NZ’s land area and one of the largest in the world) and international investment is welcome.”

 

TTR’s SC Notice of Appeal seeks to reverse the CoA 3 April 2020 Judgment on the six points of law upheld and have their finding the adaptive management approach was not taken by the DMC maintained.

TTR is looking forward to having its application for leave to appeal to the SC granted, having the appeal heard as soon as possible and if the appeal succeeds the STB project gets the green light.

A full copy of today’s announcement is attached or can be accessed on TTR’s website at www.ttrl.co.nz/media/

Alan J Eggers

Executive Chairman

22 April 2020

Court of Appeal Judgment 3 April 2020

 

 

TTR has succeeded with its appeal to have the High Court’s ruling that the DMC had adopted an adaptive management approach in TTR’s discharge consent overturned.

Trans-Tasman Resources Limited’s (TTR) has succeeded in its appeal to the Court of Appeal (CoA), to have the High Court’s 2018 ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Decision Making Committee (DMC) had adopted an adaptive management approach in TTR’s marine discharge consent overturned.

The CoA’s Judgment on TTR’s appeal and the submitters’ cross-appeals was released on 3 April 2020. The Judgment delivered rulings on fifteen (15) points of law raised by TTR in its appeal and the submitters in their cross-appeals.

The CoA Judgment upheld TTR’s appeal with respect to:

1. Adaptive Management;

and dismissed the submitters’ submissions on a further eight (8) questions of law:

2. TTR’s Application for Marine and Discharge Consents be Declined;

3. Obtaining Information from submitters;

4. Best Available Information;

5. Relevance of International Law;

6. Pre-Commencement Monitoring;

7. Use of Casting Vote;

8. Interactive approach to Information Gathering by TTR: and

9. Failure to Identify Net Economic Benefits.

 

However, the submitters succeeded on cross-appeal on six (6) questions of law considered being:

1. Statutory Purpose;

2. Failure to apply Information Principles;

3. Approach to Existing Interests and Treaty of Waitangi;

4. Cross Border issues with RMA and NZCPS;

5. Requirement for Bond and Insurance; and

6. Effects on Seabirds and Marine Mammals.

 

The result of the Judgment is the DMC’s grant of TTR’s environmental consents remains quashed and is sent back to the DMC for reconsideration in light of the clarifications in the CoA Judgment.

Final approval of TTR’s offshore South Taranaki Bight (STB) project will see a US$600m industry established that will deliver a $250m spend in the Taranaki Region each year of operation, deliver, with no adverse environmental effects, significant employment opportunities (particularly in the South Taranaki region) of 300 jobs with up a further 1,665 national wide, treasury receipts generated of over $116m and foreign exchange receipts of US$180m a year and social and community benefits including training and logistics facilities in Hawera, service infrastructure in the Port of Whanganui and Port Taranaki without the government having to deliver any economic support or hand-outs, additional services or infrastructure.

The CoA concluded they were not in a position to decide whether, in the light of the questions of law raised by this appeal, TTR’s application should be declined and considered that the appropriate outcome is for TTR’s application to be referred back to the DMC for clarification of the law as set out in their Judgment of 3 April 2020.

TTR is now taking advice on its rights to appeal the Judgment so that it may have the grant of its environmental consents for the vanadium rich titanomagnetite iron sand development project in the STB confirmed and enable the project to proceed without further unnecessary delay.

A full copy of TTR’s Announcement on the CoA Judgment is attached or available on our website TTR Court of Appeal Announcement 6 April 2020

A copy of the CoA Judgment is available on the Court of Appeals website at TTR Court of Appeal Judgment 3 April 2020

For further comment or questions please call Alan J Eggers on (03) 542 3190 or email alan.eggers@ttrl.co.nz

 

Alan J Eggers

Executive Chairman

6 April 2020

Chairman's statement: TTR's Appeal to Court of Appeal Judgement 3 April 2020

The Court of Appeal’s Judgment on TTR’s appeal and the opponent’s cross appeals has been released today.

TTR is now awaiting its legal team’s analysis of and advice on the Court’s rulings and conclusions.

Further comment on the Court of Appeal Judgment will be made once the Board has received that advice.

 

Alan J Eggers

Executive Chairman

Media Statement

 

 

The latest South Taranaki Bright Fact Sheet 2019

 

Commentary on recent media misinformation and exaggerated claims relating to TTR's South Taranaki Brights iron sands project

 

Read more on TTR's World Class Vanadium Rich Titomagnetite Iron sands Project in STB Update 2019 

Previous Media Release

TTR’s Lodges Notice to Court of Appeal to Seek Leave to Appeal Marine Consent High Court Judgment of 28 August 2018

On 21 September 2018 TTR lodged a notice to the Court of Appeal to seek leave to appeal the High Court judgment of 28 August 2018 regarding our marine consents for the STB iron sands project. 

The basis of the TTR appeal is that the EPA did follow a legally correct approach in granting a marine discharge consent to TTR - including a comprehensive set of consent conditions specifically designed to protect the marine environment and existing interests, particularly iwi.

Alan J Eggers

Executive Chairman

21 September 2018

TTR Appeal Decision 28 August 2018

TTR is disappointed with the High Court outcome released on Tuesday 28 August 2018.

Of the eight different grounds of appeal only one was upheld and that was solely in relation to the correct legal meaning of “adaptive management” or the type of environmental compliance monitoring required to be incorporated in the TTR consents. Read more...

Media Statement

For Immediate Release

10 August 2017

TTR’s Marine Consent to Recover and Export Iron Sands in STB Approved

We welcome the Decision Making Committee’s (DMC) decision today to approve our Marine Consent to recover and export iron sands offshore in the South Taranaki Bight (STB). Read more...

Media Statement

9 November 2016

For Immediate Release

Trans-Tasman Resources Statement on Environment Court Decision

 

A Trans-Tasman Resources spokesperson said today:

“The decision of the Court has clarified issues around disclosure of sensitive data for all parties, including Trans-Tasman Resources.”

“We respect the decision by the Court and will release the technical information and third party economic data as directed. Given TTR’s commercial responsibilities we are confident that we have taken all reasonable steps in order to fulfil our duties to our shareholders and commercial partners with regards to the protection and safeguarding of confidential information and intellectual property assets.” Read more..

MEDIA STATEMENT

Friday 16 September 2016

For immediate release

Trans-Tasman Resources welcomes acceptance of EPA marine consent application to extract iron sands off Taranaki coast

Trans-Tasman Resources (TTR) has welcomed the acceptance of its application for a South Taranaki iron ore project by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which will be publicly notified shortly. Read more..

Media Statement

Updated 25 August 2016 

Trans-Tasman Resources lodges EPA marine consent application to extract iron sands off South Taranaki coast 

Trans-Tasman Resources (TTR) has today lodged a Marine Consent application with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) for our proposed South Taranaki Bight (STB) iron sands mining project. Read more...

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