Prosecute Shell for drilling illegally off Taranaki


What shocking news!  Oil giant Shell has been caught drilling two wells offshore without a marine consent, blatantly breaching NZ’s EEZ Act! Read the rest of this entry »

Media Coverage: Oil / Gas Expo Protest, New Plymouth 22 Oct 2014


oil gas expo protest combined2 22Oct2014We had an awesome protest yesterday, outside the Oil and Gas Expo venue in New Plymouth. A big thanks to all those who came in support. Read the rest of this entry »

Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo – Wednesday


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Oil/Gas contaminants, wastes and worms


Greymouth 'a bad look' TDN 15 10 14 Remediation NZ landfarm

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Media highlights – Oct 2014


Scientists just discovered how to determine if water contamination comes from fracking  (nationofchange, 22 Oct)

Oil and gas company drilling illegal wells  (TV3, 22 Oct) – Shell Todd “the country’s biggest oil and gas company has breached new environmental laws by drilling two wells off the Taranaki coast” in the Maui field.

Dow’s efforts help granting of consent (TDN, 15 Oct) – ” A chemical plant with a controversial history has been granted consent to burn waste product for the next 30 years.”

Council chair rejects oil waste claim (Radio NZ, 8 Oct)

Vet warns of oil waste farm threat (Radio NZ, 7 Oct) - “”I would be particularly concerned, if I was involved in the meat industry, about these cows coming from these farms where there has been insufficient time for bioremediation….”
Read the vet’s critique of the MPI milk testing here.

Oil. gas sector told to improve communication (TDN, 2 Oct) -“Halliburton country manager for Australia David Guglielmo spoke to the New Zealand Petroleum Summit in Auckland yesterday about the mistruths that surround hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and why the practice had become so controversial. He said the petroleum industry could take some tips from the green movement on how to spread their message more effectively…”

Oil giant defends fracking (NZ Radio, 1 Oct) – Listen!

Oil protesters disrupt event, scale building (NZ Herald, 1 Oct) - “Spending on the hunt for oil and gas is currently running around record levels and approaching its summer peak as the Government promises a business-as-usual approach….”

Media Highlights – Sept 2014


Naomi Klein: Fossil fuels threaten our ability to have healthy children (Mother Jones, 29 Sept) - Well worth reading/listening to.

Record profits at Port Taranaki (TDN, 26 Sept) - Note Methanol is produced from gas, onshore and offshore, often requires fracking. TRC is both the regulator of the oil and gas industry and the beneficiary. 

Parihaka could go off the grid (Waatea News, 25 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 »


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