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Quarry consent applications update

Fulton Hogan has bought 170 hectares of land bounded by Jones, Dawsons and Curraghs Roads in Selwyn District, south of Christchurch, for the development of a quarry over several years that will see only a part of the total site in operation at any one time.

Fulton Hogan has made the considered decision not to submit any resource consent applications to the Selwyn District Council or Environment Canterbury for the proposed development before July 2018.

The company believes it is vital that the full results of the current Yaldhurst air quality monitoring programme be fully known before submitting any consent applications. Environment Canterbury has recently informed the quarry industry and the wider community that these results will not be available until July 2018.  Fulton Hogan will finalise its application after it has had the opportunity to review the air quality monitoring programme findings.

The business is still gathering technical information about the property regarding traffic and noise, along with dust and ground water data and other relevant information. It is important to obtain the best information about the groundwater under the property, and that is why Fulton Hogan will be putting in four monitoring bores in the coming weeks.

We respect the community’s focus on groundwater protection and have listened to anecdotal evidence from neighbours about the variability of groundwater in the area. In the interest of addressing these concerns, we believe having a total property understanding is the best option.

Drilling equipment and trucks on site will start this work over the coming weeks.  This work will be carried out to industry practice and the relevant council regulations in regards to monitoring bore installation and on-going management.

Those who are interested can read more about our plans, including a frequently asked questions section, on our dedicated website www.dawsonsresources.co.nz