9 Jul 2009

Buller river clean-up praised

12:00 pm on 9 July 2009

Solid Energy has won praise from conservationists for moves to clean-up a Buller river polluted by the Stockton opencast coal mine.

The company has constructed a $14 million sump to hold and treat acidic mine water before it's discharged into the Mangatini stream, which feeds the Ngakawau River.

Buller conservationist Pete Lusk says there's a good chance the ecology of the waterways can now be restored after years of run-off from the mine.

He says conservationists will monitor Solid Energy's clean-up plan, which the company says has already cost $40 million in three years.