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 n support.

“We came here today to remind these profit-driven companies that it is completely irresponsible to keep extracting fossil fuels and that we are not going to let our Pacific cousins drown.

Better drilling practice will not stop catastrophic climate change, and renewable energy and efficiency measures will be too little too late. What we need is a major system change that dramatically reduces energy use now before it’s too late.

Many companies and institutions have begun to divest from fossil fuels as the long term harmful effects of it are finally surfacing and it’s proving to be more and more economically unsustainable and socially unacceptable,” said CJT member Emily Bailey.

Here are some of the media stories:

Oil industry meets in New Plymouth (Radio NZ, 22 Oct)

Protest at New Zealand Oil and Gas Expo  (Radio NZ, 22 Oct) – listen to interview with Urs Signer, CJT spokesperson

Police plug oil exhibition protest (Stuff, 23 Oct) – with video



Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo – Wednesday


Climate Justice Taranaki is organising a protest at the Oil and Gas Expo in New Plymouth this Wednesday, 22nd October 2014. [ FACEBOOK Event ]

“We are calling on people to stand up for climate justice. We have to leave fossil fuels in the ground and transition to a low-carbon use economy based on justice and sustainability and not the illogical concept of endless growth and greed” says Climate Justice Taranaki spokesperson Urs Signer. Read the rest of this entry »

Oil/Gas contaminants, wastes and worms


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

This article was published in the print version (only) of the Taranaki Daily News, 15 Oct 2014. The day before publication, Taranaki Regional Council (TRC) released 20 consent compliance monitoring reports, 8 of which on the oil and gas sector. Read the rest of this entry »

Media highlights – Oct 2014


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….”

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 »

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 »


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