West Coast dam sparks extinction fears

NEWSTALK – Auckland NZ

The Green Party believes a proposed West Coast dam could kill off endangered native species.

Meridian Energy wants to build an 85 megawatt hydrodam on the Mokihinui River. The West Coast Regional Council will today notify the public of the resource consents made.

Green Party conservation spokeswoman Metiria Turei says Meridian plans to flood the Mokihinui Gorge, which is home to endangered bats, kiwi, snails, kaka and whio. She says structures like dams in such important habitats simply speed up the process for extinction.

Ms Turei says the dam will stop the very large population of long-fin eels in the river travelling to the ocean where they breed.

She says suggestions that catch and carry systems can be used to help fish get across the dam are just “greenwash”.


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