Public Consultation Opens on Marsden Point Plans

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Refining NZ has started the next round of public consultation about its proposal to bring bigger cargoes of crude to Marsden Point.

“The most visible part of the consultation, The Deeper Story pop-up container, outlining the rationale and scope of the proposal will be located in and around Whangarei from March 25 with refinery staff on hand to answer questions and take feed-back,” Refining NZ said in its latest release.

Expert Information Days on April 7 and 8 will be an opportunity to speak to independent experts about the findings of a series of in-depth studies of the harbor, the company added.

Refining NZ CEO, Sjoerd Post, said that the first round of broader consultation that followed in in March 2015 was an important test of the proposal with different groups in and around Whangarei.

“We received a variety of views, including full support for the proposal, but also comment around the choice of location for dredged material, relief that much of dredging will be outside of the harbor, the importance of Mair Bank, and the continuing role of the refinery as a major employer in the region. The other clear message to the company and the independent experts was that the science behind their studies needed to be solid and that their findings should ‘tell it-like-it-is’,” said Post.

“We took those views on board and since then have continued to update and receive feedback from tangata whenua, local residents and key stakeholders.”

This is the second round of public consultation since the refinery began putting the detail to its proposal.

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