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Greymouth Petroleum Mining Group Ltd v Minister of Energy and Resources [2019] NZHC 1222

31 May 2019

Decision

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Summary

Application for judicial review by holder of petroleum mining permit challenging regulator’s power to impose condition under Crown Minerals Act 1991 requiring partial surrender of parts of permit area where presence of commercially producible hydrocarbons had not been established.  Also claims that regulator had misinterpreted the effect of such a condition, and that regulator’s proposal on how the permit holder could comply with partial surrender condition constituted wrongful exercise of a statutory power. These claims dismissed. Separate arguments on application of conditions for submission of work programmes upheld. 


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