Media Highlights – Sept 2014


Climate change report identifies ‘the most vulnerable’ sections of the population (Science Daily, 19 Sept) – “…this study has identified the need for a wider cultural shift to ensure the poorest and most vulnerable are properly protected. This goes beyond mere technical improvements to equipment or redirected funding and gets to the very heart of what “climate justice” should be about.'” The report is here.

SMB boosts as National outlines Business Growth Agenda (TechDay, 18 Sept) - These are what the populace o NZ has voted for:  TPPA, RMA reform, more drilling and mining…

Last stop for high profile fracking suit: Supreme court  (The Tyee, 16 Sept) - “It’s really bad when a regulator helps a company cover up a documented case of groundwater contamination, and then they violate the Charter. This precedent just can’t be allowed. … The Charter guarantees not only fundamental rights and freedoms, but crucially, also guarantees the right for Canadians to seek a remedy when these fundamental Charter rights and freedoms are violated. These constitutional rights cannot be taken away by statutory immunity in a provincial statute.” Will this happen to NZers?

Health concerns for Eltham locals over rotting milk  (3 News, 16 Sept) Read the rest of this entry »

Media Highlights: August 2014


Vote Compass:  Almost half of respondents opposed to further fracking  (TVNZ, 30 Aug) – Encouraging!

NZ profits plunge as exploration costs surge  (NZ Herald, 26 Aug)

Bridges: Speech to AusIMM conference  (scoop, 26 Aug) - “Getting the basics right has seen us cut red tape by making 150 amendments to simplify and streamline the RMA. … Since 2012, we have invested $4.4 million in aeromagnetic surveys of the West Coast and Northland. And a further $8 million has been earmarked in Budget 2014 for data gathering projects across petroleum and minerals over the next four years.” Simon Bridges

OMV abandons empty exploration well (stuff business, 26 Aug)

Biggest quake since ’89 hits California’s Bay area (NZ Herald, 25 Aug) - read also On Shaky Ground – Fracking acidizing, and increased Earthquake risks in California (March 2014)

Tough year for NZ mining (Otago Daily Times, 23 Aug)

Oil wellsite probe news to explorer  (TDN, 21 Aug) - CJT mentioned

Why the scientific case against fracking keeps getting strong  (Mother Jones, 15 Aug) – well worth a read/listen

No food safety risk in oil waste – MPI (Radio NZ, 15 Aug) – Despite traces of contaminants found in milk collected from farms where drilling wastes have been spread. Listen here to interview with MPI. The MPI report is here. Read the rest of this entry »

Media Release: Stop putting livestock on toxic waste dumps

Steers on BTW Brown Road landfarm, photo by Fiona Clark, 1 June 2014

Steers on BTW Brown Road landfarm, photo by Fiona Clark, 1 June 2014


The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has received results on the first round of tests of milk collected from landfarms. The MPI spokesperson said, there were no health and safety issues at the levels detected but would not comment on the results. Read the rest of this entry »

Climate Change threatening NZ’s precious Glaciers

Franz Josef Glacier by  Jochen Schlenker Abrams & Chronicle

Franz Josef Glacier by Jochen Schlenker Abrams & Chronicle

“New Zealand’s vast Southern Alps mountain range has lost a third of its permanent snow and ice over the past four decades, diminishing some of the country’s most spectacular glaciers, new research has found. … Read the rest of this entry »

Submissions closed 29 July but watch out for more Supplementary Information


NOTE:  OMV has just provided supplementary information made public by EPA on 30 July. Keep checking EPA website for additional documents and information about the hearing, to begin on 23 Sept.  Read the rest of this entry »

Media release: Taranaki’s first Oil/Gas marine consent – a death knell for marine mammals


Maui Dolphin IWC protection mining Slooten OMV spill model map correctedAustrian oil giant OMV’s application to drill up to seven new wells from its Maari platform is the first oil/gas marine consent being processed by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) under the EEZ and Continental Shelf Act.

“If approved, the operation will pave the way for more intensified oil and gas drilling offshore, jeopardising the already perilous existence of many of New Zealand’s marine mammals and seabirds”, said Catherine Cheung, Climate Justice Taranaki. Read the rest of this entry »

EPA info session re OMV Maari application, Taranaki – Thur 10 July

OMV New Zealand Ltd has been drilling in the Maari field 80km off South Taranaki. With the ceasing of the EEZ transitional provisions on 28 June 2014, a marine consent is required for the company to continue drilling past this date. The development drilling will involve drilling up to seven development wells. The EPA info session will cover the marine consent application, submission and hearing process. Meeting and submission details here.

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