A private road used by the public as a scenic route from Tekapo to State Highway 8 remains closed after more than a year.
People used to dealing with the hydro generation issues of the Waitaki River are struggling to see how two competing power companies can work together to use the same resource wisely.
Meridian Energy is appealing an Environment Court decision declining consents for its proposed $2 billion Project Hayes wind farm in Central Otago.
John and Susan Elliot say one consequence of the failed bid by Meridian Energy to build a wind farm in the Lammermoor Range is its impact on the local community - the continued existence of which now hangs in the balance.
Parties involved in Meridian Energy's appeal to the High Court of an Environment Court decision declining consents for its Project Hayes wind farm will have their first teleconference on December 14.
Meridian Energy is still considering whether to appeal the Environment Court decision on the Project Hayes wind farm.
Otago conservator Marian van der Goes fielded criticism yesterday that the Department of Conservation had "sold out" in regard to the Project Hayes wind farm.
The Environment Court's decision to decline Meridian Energy's controversial Project Hayes wind farm on the Lammermoor Range could spell the end of large-scale electricity generation development in Central Otago
The battle is won and now the bills have to be paid.
Meridian Energy has until November 27 to decide whether to appeal the Environment Court decision on Project Hayes.
It was always going to be one of the biggest things to hit Otago, whether you were for Project Hayes or against it.
Jubilant opponents of the wind farm have hailed the decision as a victory for the "small guys".
Meridian Energy is disappointed consents for its proposed $2 billion Project Hayes wind farm have been declined by the Environment Court, but has not yet decided whether to appeal to the High Court, a spokesman says.
The team behind the proposed irrigation scheme costing between $150 million and $200 million in the Waimate district will not know whether it will get water from the Waitaki River until later this year
The way Meridian Energy assessed the effects on the Waitaki River of a new power scheme was challenged in the Environment Court in Christchurch this week.
Meridian Energy Ltd could have a decision from the Environment Court on its new Waitaki River power scheme before its Project Hayes wind farm.
Meridian Energy Ltd and the Lower Waitaki River Management Society have had discussions on whether they can resolve their differences over a new $900 million power scheme on the lower Waitaki River.
One of the major opponents of a new hydro-electricity scheme on the lower Waitaki River has reached an agreement with Meridian Energy Ltd and will withdraw its appeal to the Environment Court against the proposed project.
The Waitaki Protection Trust has added its name to the list of appeals at the Environment Court opposing a power scheme Meridian Energy wants to build on the lower Waitaki River.
Waitaki First has decided not to lodge an appeal against the $900 million Meridian Energy Ltd north bank tunnel concept scheme on the lower Waitaki River.