29 Apr 2010

DoC to appeal Mokihinui dam consent

2:51 pm on 29 April 2010

The Department of Conservation is to appeal against the decision to grant consent for Meridian Energy to build a hydro electric power scheme on the Mokihinui River on the South Island's West Coast.

The department was a major opponent of the scheme in resource consent hearings last year.

It argued that building an 85m hydro dam on conservation land would have a significant effect on the river, forests and wildlife.

The department says it has decided to appeal to the Environment Court because the resource consent does not address its concerns.