When is New Talisman Gold Mines going to start ‘bulk sampling”?

New Talisman stated in their announcement on the 10th of October 2014 that “Works at the mine can commence on 13th December 2014.”

Is New Talisman Gold Mines just exploring or actually mining?

The resource granted by Hauraki District Council is for exploratory underground drilling to a max of 20,000m3 of metallurgical samples per year. This exceeds the permitted maximum amount of 500m3 for bulk sampling in the District Plan by 40 times!!! Up to 9 loads will be removed from the site via a truck per day.

Where do the mining trucks go?

Access to the mine will be from the historic Talisman Mine Portal on Number 8 Level on Karangahake Mountain. The trucks will cross the one-way bridge from SH2 and then follow Crown Hill Road, leading onto a 3m wide gravel paper road, which is also DoC walking track access to several walks up and around Karangahake Mountain.

How many people will be employed by New Talisman Gold Mines?

In the Resource Consent the company states that the work will be carried out 24 hours per day, over two 12 hour shifts, on Monday to Saturday. Work during these shifts will be undertaken by 4 to 7 staff.

What noise effects are to be expected?

Apart from the traffic noise of the mining trucks and the additional light mining vehicle movements, there will be additional noise from the crusher unit operating on the portal pad outside the mine entrance and from 2 x 150kw exhaust fans installed near the Number 7 Level walking track on the mountain.

Are the explosions inside the mountain going to affect the stability of Karangahake Mountain?

There are 37km of historic mining shafts and drives currently existent in Karangahake Mountain. The popular underground pump house, which is part of the historic Talisman mine is currently closed (November 2016) ‘due to instability in the tunnel ceiling’. Blasting will occur between 200m and 1500m into the mine.

How is the water going to be affected?

New Talisman Gold Mines has been granted a surface water take permit from Waikato Regional Council to take a max of 300m3 per day out of the surrounding rivers. The extra required water is to be distributed for drilling, dust suppression and washing down. All gold-bearing rock is potentially acid-forming when it comes in contact with water. ‘Given the lower workings are now flooded to a level estimated to be equal with the Ohinemuri River it is presumed that there is a connection between the mine and the river and the two are now in balance’. The Paeroa water intake is situated in the Waitawheta River down from the pump house area.

Why was the resource consent not publicly notified?

It was at the discretion of the Planning Team of the Hauraki District Council to decide if this consent was publicly notified or not. The Planning Team decided that there were no affected parties including Iwi, and that all adverse effects on the environment (like conservation values, recreation, water effects, noise, cultural effects, vibration, hazardous substances, traffic safety, etc.) are only minor or less than minor. Furthermore, the Planners ruled that ‘there are no special circumstances that exist, which would lead to the conclusion that the application should be notified.