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The phosphate on the seabed, 450m down on the Chatham Rise, has a particular quality that other phosphate doesn’t have:  uranium. The toxicity of this uranium was the focus of yesterday’s seabed mining hearing, and the evidence from a range of experts hasn’t filled us with confidence. KASM, Greenpeace and the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition had two witnesses on the [read more...]

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Banners on the Beach – Say “No” To Deep See Oil

Saturday, 23/11/2013, 12 noon

New Zealand


The Oil Free Seas flotilla is out at the drill site off the coast of Raglan taking a stand against risky exploratory deep sea oil drilling. We can’t leave them to confront Texan oil giant Anadarko alone!

And that’s where YOU come in. This is something that affects us all – so we need to stand together and draw a line in the sand to say “Stop Deep Sea Oil” so loudly that they’ll hear us in Texas!




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Chatham Rise - Submissions Due

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Tuesday 21/10/14

lots of posts today - had to add this one as they're so beautiful.

Deep Sea Phosphate Mining could put whales and dolphins at risk

Monday 20/10/14

Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins - our press release this morning.

Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins


Monday 20/10/14

Dusky dolphins are one of the marine mammal species known to use the Chatham Rise area, where a mining company wants to dig millions of tonnes of phosphate off the seabed, according to our expert, Associate Prof Liz Slooten. She's given evidence to day for KASM, Greenpeace and the DSCC. Photo: Cristiano Corsini (flickr).

Wednesday 15/10/14

Update from yesterday's seabed mining hearing. We thought we'd do a blog because there was so much of interest.

Chatham Rise seabed mining hearing: the absence of evidence…


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