Myths and misconceptions

New Zealand can be justifiably proud of its

responsible mining that cares for people and places

A net positive impact on the environment

Regardless of efforts to manage the environmental effects of mining, the site will never be returned to exactly what it was, not immediately. It is accepted in the current Resource Management Act that some residual impacts may remain, particularly if they are small compared to the benefits of the project.

Many mining companies go beyond the strict requirements of the law, to seek on balance a zero or even a net positive impact on the environment. To do that requires positive work to be done at a place other than the mine site. Terms such as environmental compensation, and biodiversity offsets are used in this connection.

Offsetting compensates for an environmental impact in one space by providing environmental benefits in another space.

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