“…The Government is looking at ways of speeding up approvals for big mining projects because endless court action is “frustrating” companies and costing them millions.
The Ministry for the Environment is investigating new laws which would allow granting of resource consents for “regionally significant” projects to be accelerated.
They would also limit the avenues that could be used to appeal against consents.
Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley said the oil and gas industry, property developers and groups wanting to build wind farms were expressing frustration at repeated appeals against approval for their projects.
“When you’ve got a regionally significant project, it’s just crazy that you just get them taken back to court time and time again,” he told TV3′s The Nation…”
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