“Deep sea mining in the sea-bed of New Zealand just moved a step closer, following significant approval from environmental regulators.
Trans-Tasman Resources, an exploration company focused on the exploration and extraction of mineral sand deposits in New Zealand, has received approval on its Marine Consent to recover and export iron sands offshore in the South Taranaki Bight. (STB).
The approval has come from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and represents a major step in the future of deep sea mining, as the decision is the first approval for a mining proposal in New Zealand’s extensive offshore Exclusive Economic Zone under the EEZ Act 2012.
The company had filed the application with the EPA in August 2016.”