Often people ask us: what can we do to help? Well, here is what we can all do right now. The four local councils in Taranaki have released their draft annual plans and are calling for submissions from the public. While engaging with the councils is more often than not extremely infuriating, we think it’s worthwhile to state once again our opposition to the drilling and for councils to step up and do their job to protect the environment and the community and help us transition to a future free of fossil fuels!
Gas finds key to methanol peak (TDN, 16 April)
EPA drastically underestimates methane released at drilling sites (Los Angeles Times, 14 April) – This again debunks the notion that natural gas is a clean, transition energy – it is not, because of the huge amount of fugitive gas, none of which is being accounted for here in NZ.
Ohio geologists link small quakes to fracking (AP, 11 April) - “Under Ohio’s new permit conditions, all new drilling sites within 3 miles of a known fault or seismic activity of 2.0 magnitude or higher will be conditioned on the installation of sensitive seismic-monitoring equipment. Results will be directly available to regulators, Simmers said, so the state isn’t reliant on drilling operators providing the data voluntarily. If seismic activity of 1.0 magnitude or greater is felt, drilling will be paused for evaluation. If a link is found, the operation will be halted.” No such regulation in NZ.
Greens want ‘land farm’ meat tested for contamination (TV NZ One News, 11 April) - Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye says there is no evidence of any risk, and “Milk testing is a lot quicker, sheep and beef testing would require huge control samples, it would take a lot longer and I think we should only do that if we actually see something showing up in the milk …” In stark contrast, in 2010, Pennsylvanian Agriculture Secretary quarantined 20 cows for 6 months and 8 calves for 2 years after suspected ingestion of drilling waste, for fear of contaminated meat.
DEP issues Chevron nine citations in fatal gas well blast (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 10 April) – “In addition to the violation for not allowing access, the state cited Chevron for seven violations for failure to operate a well properly and failure to prevent venting of gas, and a violation for a discharge of well production fluids onto the ground.” Yet TRC routinely issues consent for the discharge of “treated produced water” onto land and into tributaries.
Minister didn’t know park was in drilling plan (3 News, 8 April)
Report shows 61 dangerous petroleum incidents (3 News, 7 April) - Must watch!
Maps leave pa beset on all sides (Wanganui Chronicle, 4 April) - quoted cjt media release on new block offers
“Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges this morning offered up 405,000km2 of land and sea to oil and gas companies committing his government to further crimes against the planet just two days after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reiterated once again that climate change is a reality for communities across the globe. Unless we immediately deal with our fossil-fuel addiction and stop the extraction of oil, gas and coal, we are virtually digging our planet’s grave” says Urs Signer, member of Climate Justice Taranaki.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a report today (31 March) that says the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans and that in parts of the world, we are ill-prepared for risks from changing climate.
“The findings of the IPCC hammer home again, that anthropogenic climate chaos has begun for communities across the globe. We can’t keep ignoring the stark warnings of catastrophic consequences of climate change. The Emissions Trading Scheme is not working. We need to be able to address the effects ON not just OF climate change through the Resource Management Act. Fossil fuel extraction needs to stop now” says Urs Signer, member of Climate Justice Taranaki.
Wayne Brittenden’s counterpoint (NZ Radio, 30 March) - re the secretive TPPA (Trans-Pacific Partnerships Agreement) trade deal; well worth listening to!
Government sets best-practice fracking guidelines (NZ Herald, 28 March)
Fracking’s earthquake risks push states to collaborate (Bloomberg Business Week, 27 March) - “Rules that took effect in Ohio last year ban injection wells in certain formations and let the state require seismic monitoring…” .
Obama is negotiating an agreement that could unleash fracking across the world (Policy Mic, 26 March) - the same could happen here in NZ through the secretive trade deal – TPPA (Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement) currently being negotiated
Cracks showing in industry built on shaky ground (NZ Herald, 22 March) - Must read! It gives good summary of the latest research and investigations into deepwell injection of drilling wastes and earthquakes. CJT has mapped 19 deepwell injection sites in Taranaki.
Expanding search for hydrocarbons gives some the jitters (Otago Daily Times, 22 March) - CJT mentioned in last of the series
Cooking with gas (Otago Daily Times, 22 March) – second of the series of 3 articles
Taranaki knows the drill (Otago Daily Times, 16 March) - first of a series of 3 articles on Taranaki’s oil and gas (pros and cons)
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