The Field Trip to Failure

Press Release – Coal Action Network

The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the AusIMM, focuses on promoting excellence across all professional disciplines through advocacy and provision of continuing professional development opportunities. Read more »

Solid Energy Voluntary Administration Process on Track

Press Release – Solid Energy NZ

A first meeting of creditors of Solid Energy New Zealand Limited (SENZ) (Administrators Appointed) and its associated companies was held today in Christchurch the first milestone in the five-week voluntary administration (VA) process. Read more »

Genesis ‘comfortable’ for now with Huntly closure decision

Article – BusinessDesk

Aug. 25 (BusinessDesk) – Genesis Energy still plans to close the remaining 500 Megawatts of ageing gas and coal-fired electricity generation capacity at its Huntly power station in 2018, in spite of last week’s surprise decision by Contact Energy to close … Read more »

‘Precarious’ Solid Energy in banks’ hands; govt eyes options

Article – BusinessDesk

Aug. 3 (BusinessDesk) – Liquidation of state-owned coal company Solid Energy “cannot be ruled out” but is “not the number one preferred option of the government,” says Prime Minister John Key, who confirmed the beleaguered company was discussed … Read more »

Genesis to retire stored coal unit

Article – BusinessDesk

June 29 (BusinessDesk) – Genesis Energy, the country’s biggest energy retailer, will permanently retire a coal/gas fired unit at the Huntly Power Station which has been in storage as renewable and thermal generation provide more than enough electricity … Read more »

Small GDP impact in big greenhouse gas cuts: Infometrics

Article – BusinessDesk

June 10 (BusinessDesk) – Major cuts to greenhouse gas emissions would have hardly any impact on New Zealand’s economic growth rate, says private economic consultancy Infometrics in analysis for the Ministry for the Environment. Read more »

Norway moves first to dump coal investments

Press Release – Green Party

The Green Party today called on the Government to secure cross-party support to sell its investments in coal mining companies. The Norwegian Parliaments finance committee agreed in a bipartisan motion yesterday to instruct the $1.2 trillion Government … Read more »

Final nail in coffin for Solid Energy workers

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Todays confirmation of job losses at Solid Energys Stockton and Spring Creek mines shows the urgent need for new economic opportunities on the West Coast, Labours MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien OConnor says. Read more »

Chatham Rock Phosphate Financial Results

Press Release – Chatham Rock Phosphate

Financial result The results for the year to 31 March 2015 show an audited loss of $27.3 million (2014 loss of 1.42 million) including write-offs arising from the decline of the marine consent application. The two main components related to the … Read more »

Coal is in a deep dark hole, let’s keep it there

Press Release – Coal Action Network

Coal Action Network Aotearoa have been hearing rumblings about a new coal mine being developed just 10km from Westport, on the West Coast of the South Island of Aotearoa. Given that the rest of the world is moving away from mining coal, it seems ludicrous … Read more »

NZ Climate Change Documentary “HOT AIR” Now Free On Youtube

Press Release – Alister Barry

“HOT AIR – Climate Change Politics In NZ” – the award-winning feature length documentary which reveals how big business stopped NZ Government action on climate change – is being launched for on-demand free viewing today. Read more »

Laid-off Miners Deserve a Future

Press Release – Coal Action Network

The Government must step in to help the 113 mineworkers whove been dumped by Solid Energy today and the communities around them to begin a discussion about an alternative future for the West Coast that doesnt rely on a boom and bust industry, … Read more »

Solid Energy lines up more job cuts

Article – BusinessDesk

May 7 (BusinessDesk) – Solid Energy, the financially stricken state-owned coal miner, plans to cut its workforce again to keep a lid on costs after the board decided against selling assets or liquidating the company. Read more »

Solid Energy’s announcement unlikely to be good for workers

Press Release – EPMU

No one is expecting good news from Solid Energy, which has called a meeting at Stockton Mine on the West Coast this afternoon. Read more »

Labour stands behind Solid Energy miners

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Labour stands behind Solid Energy miners Solid Energy miners will not be surprised at the companys announcement today of further restructuring but any more job losses will be a shock for West Coast communities, Labours MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien … Read more »

Time for a new extractive industry on the West Coast

Press Release – Coal Action Network

There was a theme for this years May Day seminar at Blackball, up the river valley from Greymouth, and crucible for the formation of the mining unions: Read more »

The future of coal is grim

Press Release – Coal Action Network

The future of coal is grim but a transition to a better economy is underway: Jeanette Fitzsimons May 2, 2015– The situation for the future of coal in New Zealand is getting increasingly grim by the day, and the Government must start looking at … Read more »

National must lead by example on climate change

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

The National Government must meet its own climate change obligations before it preaches to the rest of the world, Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods says. Read more »

Bohannan resigns from Bathurst Resources

Article – BusinessDesk

March 24 (BusinessDesk) – Hamish Bohannan has resigned from Bathurst Resources after five years leading a coal miner whose expansion has been put on hold pending a recovery in coal prices. Read more »

Solid Energy prepares for more job cuts at Stockton

Article – BusinessDesk

March 11 (BusinessDesk) – State-owned coal miner Solid Energy is preparing for more redundancies at its Stockton mine, near Westport, as slumping global prices for coking coal threaten its long term viability and force it anew into talks with its banks … Read more »

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