Marlborough flooding brings forestry fines

Wednesday 23 May 2018

A forestry company has been fined after leaving logs in a stream that overflowed and flooded a family home in Marlborough.

Merill and Ring New Zealand, an American-owned company that manages forestry blocks, will pay $20,000 in reparation costs after breaching its resource consent.

The company was supposed to remove any "woody debris" from a stream near a 230-hectare block in the Waikakaho Valley, north of Blenheim, according to its consent.

But despite the Marlborough District Council telling the company to remove the logs and other forestry waste in June 2016, it allowed the debris to pile up.

Heavy rain flooded the stream five months later, and the stream burst its banks, sending water over a nearby family home.

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Source: Marlborough Express


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