Bathurst Coal Limited

  • Submissions opened: Saturday, 21st Mar 2020 - 1:00am
  • Submissions closed: Monday, 18th May 2020 - 5:00pm

The submission period for the Bathurst Coal Mine resource consent applications has now closed.


 Applicant:                          Bathurst Coal Limited                       

Address for service:           Bathurst Coal Limited. C/- Edwina White. PO Box 5963, Lambton Quay, Wellington 6145.                        Email:   

 The Canterbury Regional Council and Selwyn District Council have received applications from Bathurst Coal Limited for various resource consents to continue operating and expand an open cast coal mine (known as Canterbury Coal Mine), including retrospective and future operation, at Bush Gully Road, Malvern Hills, in the Selwyn District.

 The application site has been nominated by the Applicant.  It comprises all of Pt Lot 3 DP 6591 (CB24B/403, CB7D/1140) and portions of the following: Legal Road (Bush Gully Road), RS 32347 (CB41A/436, CB8B/920), Pt Lot 2 DP 6591 (CB24B/403, CB576/48, CB7D/967), Pt Lot 2 DP 6591 (CB651/33), Pt Lot 1 DP 18018 (CB2D/1450, CB7D/965), Pt Lot 3 DP 6591 (CB651/33, CB7D/969) and Lot 3 DP 8898 (CB5A/1042).

 The retrospective and future mining activity proposed includes ground disturbance, earthworks, removal and stockpiling of overburden, coal extraction, coal crushing and screening, trucking of coal from the site, trucking of Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR – coal ash) to the site, formation of Engineered Landforms (ELFs), incorporation of overburden/CCR/mussel shells into the ELFs, site rehabilitation and replanting.

 Stormwater and drainage water are collected and conveyed to storage ponds on site for treatment, re-use for dust suppression and periodic discharge to the Tara Stream/Wetland.

 The proposed hours of operation are 24 hours covering six days and five nights a week, with some restrictions and exceptions.  The operation includes night-time lighting of the mine, establishment of buildings and signage, reworking and rehabilitation of historical mine sites, dust suppression measures, light/service vehicle movements and the removal of wetland/seepages and indigenous and non-indigenous vegetation. 

 The applicant has applied for the following resource consents:

 Canterbury Regional Council

  • CRC184166 – To undertake earthworks in the high soil erosion risk area, and earthworks and vegetation clearance in riparian margins, including the removal of wetland vegetation.
  • CRC200500 – To discharge contaminants to air (fugitive dust) from within the mine operations area.
  • CRC201366 – To take surface water from artificial ponds, to divert surface run-off resulting in changes to sub-catchment boundaries and to store water in artificial ponds.
  • CRC201367 – To take groundwater (via drainage systems)
  • CRC201368 – To discharge sediment and mine influenced water, drainage water and residual contaminants from the treatment of water to Tara Stream/Wetland.
  • CRC203016 – To discharge coal combustion residuals, lime products and mussel shells to land and to water (artificial watercourses)

The following consent terms have been sought:

  • CRC184166: 20 years;
  • CRC200500: 35 years;
  • CRC201366, CRC201367, CRC201368: 20 years; and
  • CRC203016: 20 years.

 Selwyn District Council

  • RC185622 – To expand Canterbury Coal Mine, retrospective and future (a bundled land use application comprising two application documents and further information)


The above applications may be viewed online at: or at the Environment Canterbury offices at 200 Tuam Street, Christchurch; or Selwyn District Council offices at 2 Norman Kirk Drive, Rolleston.

 Any person may make a written submission on any of the above applications.

 All submissions should be sent to Environment Canterbury, PO Box 345, Christchurch 8140; or emailed to:; with any signed written copy to be sent to the Applicant at the address for service detailed above.

 Alternately an online submission to both applications can be made here.

 A submission should include your name, address and phone number; the applicant’s name and consent application number.  A submission must state your reason for submission, whether you support or oppose the application and if you wish to be heard in support of your submission. 

 For advice on the Environment Canterbury and Selwyn District Council applications please email: or

Submissions must be received by Environment Canterbury not later than 5 p.m. on Monday 18 May 2020.

Note: If you are making your submission online please check that you receive a response email. If you do not receive this email please contact as your submission may not have been received.

Related Documents

Read the full Bathurst Coal Limited consent applications to Environment Canterbury and Selwyn District Council. 

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