A decision on whether Meridian Energy will be allowed to build a hydro power scheme in Canterbury is drawing closer.
The three commissioners considering the resource consent application to build the North Bank Tunnel Concept have been hearing additional evidence in a reconvened hearing before making a final decision.
The hydro scheme would draw water from the Waitaki Lake and discharge it back into the Waitaki River about 34 kilometres downstream.
The Commissioners were expected to make a decision before the end of May, but decided they needed more information.
A final decision is expected around the end of the month.