Cloud Ocean appeals water bottling determination as Ekan drops additional authorized motion

Thousands of people protested against the Cloud Ocean Water bottling plant in Belfast, Christchurch in 2019.

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Hundreds of individuals protested towards the Cloud Ocean Water bottling plant in Belfast, Christchurch in 2019.

Water bottling firm Cloud Ocean shall be interesting a courtroom determination overturning a consent permitting the 2 corporations to extract water from Christchurch aquifers.

The Canterbury Surroundings (ECan) has determined to not attraction the courtroom’s determination.

Courtroom of Enchantment final month reversed the ECan determination permitting Cloud Ocean Water and Rapaki Pure Assets to extract 8.8 billion liters of water annually utilizing decade-old permits initially granted for industrial use.

The choice was a giant victory for the anti-bottling campaigners Aotearoa Water Motion (AWA), which failed in its 2020 Excessive Courtroom movement to problem ECan’s consent determination.

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The Excessive Courtroom dominated that the ECan course of was authorized, however then the AWA filed a lawsuit within the Courtroom of Enchantment.

The Courtroom of Enchantment determination, launched in July, mentioned the consent granted by Cloud Ocean and Rapaki was “illegal”.

This determination successfully meant that the 2 corporations might use the water for its unique goal—meat processing and wool refining—however not for bottling.

Late Monday night, Cloud Ocean director Feng Liang mentioned the corporate would attraction the choice.

“… we’re very shocked and disillusioned that Ecan selected to not attraction, which appears uncommon on condition that they’re the official respected suppliers of the water rights they’ve accepted.”

ECan’s preliminary determination sparked public outrage, and in 2019, 1000’s took to the streets to protest the Cloud Ocean bottling plant.

The events concerned within the case should file an attraction by Wednesday.

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In March 2019, 1000’s took to the streets of Christchurch to protest towards the Canterbury water bottling plant.

ECan introduced on Monday that it’s going to not attraction the choice.

CEO Dr. Stephanie Rixeker mentioned the Courtroom of Enchantment determination resulted in certainty as to how the foundations concerning “taking” and “utilizing” water must be utilized.

“This permits us to behave with confidence when contemplating future consent functions,” she mentioned.

Rapaki Pure Assets mentioned they’ve but to decide on whether or not to file an attraction.

AWA spokesman Peter Richardson mentioned he was not shocked that Cloud Ocean is searching for permission to attraction and the group can be towards submitting.

He was comfortable that ECan accepted the courtroom’s determination.

There have been different choices that bottling corporations might discover, and Richardson hoped that ECan would observe an open and clear course of if any firm selected to pursue these choices, together with new consent.

The Cloud Ocean Water bottling plant in Belfast has been mothballed since September 2019.

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The Cloud Ocean Water bottling plant in Belfast has been mothballed since September 2019.

Cloud Ocean and Rapaki might apply for one more water bottling consent, however provided that they deserted their present allocation and reapplied for a similar quantity or much less.

The brand new appropriations are restricted to public providers solely, to not industrial functions.

The Cloud Ocean manufacturing facility in Belfast was mothballed in September 2019 as a consequence of “troublesome market circumstances and dealing capital restrictions“. Since then it hasn’t labored.

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