Reason 3 for stopping the FLE: a dangerous precedent

If this scheme is approved,what next? It could be a precedent for further exploitation of conservation lands.

In particular, a clause in the Ngai Tahu Deed of Settlement relating to the beautiful, nearby Greenstone Valley says:

If the Minister permits the undertaking of any development of any form of road or railway between Lake Wakatipu and the Milford Road through the Snowdon conservation area (the permitted development), the Minister will not withhold consent under clause 5.1 for any proposed development of the same kind or a similar kind by the Landholder on the Land if the area affected by the permitted development has ecological and recreational values of equal or greater significance to those developments, and the Landholder's proposed development has no greater impact on the environment than the permitted development.”