Bathurst Resources now has all the approvals it requires from
the Buller District Council for its Denniston Escarpment
The council had signed off yesterday on Bathurst's 27
operating plans - which run to thousands of pages, Buller
Mayor Garry Howard said.
"Hopefully, this will be a path for Bathurst to be able to
However, he was unsure if the Department of Conservation had
completed its review of the plans.
The plans explain how Bathurst will implement the conditions
on its proposed mine.
Bathurst has recently indicated it could be 12 months before
it starts mining at Denniston. It wants to wait until the
coal price, which this week sat at US$108 a tonne, rises to
However, the company has said it would start work securing
the mine site and establishing facilities there as soon as
the operating plans were approved.