Proposed South Taranaki District Plan
This proposed district plan will have far reaching implications in how the oil and gas industry will be regulated on New Zealand, as other councils look on. The plan may even form the basis of a national policy statement, so we want to get it right. As it stands, the plan is far too permissive to the oil and gas industry, posing unacceptable risks to people and the environment.
Submission closes on 12 Oct 2015.
Below are the key points to submit on (following council’s required format):
1. Scope of Submission
My submission concerns all aspects of petroleum activities and hazardous substances in the proposed plan, and especially the Rural Zone Rules 3. 2.2 on minimum setbacks; Hazardous Substances Rules 12.2.4 and 12.3.2-12.3.4; and Energy Rules 13.1.1. Read the rest of this entry »
A Greymouth Petroleum representative, Ms Dickie, admitted in court today that the oil company was confined to only one of several options for a proposed well site due to the community of Tikorangi not wanting them. An entire street of residents had been avoided in one option. “The community of Tikorangi is quite… anti-petrochem” she stated when explaining why other options had not been pursued for the site they are pressing for now. Read the rest of this entry »
Greenpeace is running a Block the Offer – Stop Deep Sea Oil campaign, as the NZ government begins its so-called consultation on its 2016 Block Offer for petroleum exploration. The block offers will open yet another half a million 537,000km² to oil and gas exploration and drilling, mostly offshore, except for nearly 2,000 km² of onshore acreage in Taranaki. For us in Taranaki, it is hard to imagine how more of our precious land and communities can be sacrificed for this grossly exploitative and polluting industry. Meanwhile, Greymouth Petroleum is fighting in court to drill yet another set of wells in the Waitara Valley where a Te Atiawa ancestor was buried. Read the rest of this entry »
“Our group Climate Justice Taranaki confirmed today that Taranaki voices have been excluded from parliament for months with the region’s submissions being lost in cyberspace” says Climate Justice Taranaki spokesperson Urs Signer.
“When making submissions last week on the EPA (Protection of Environment) Amendment Bill, we noticed that our group’s submission on this bill, as well as those from individuals in Taranaki, were not received when using parliament’s designated submission form. We then realised that the select committee also did not receive our submissions made in April, on the EEZ Amendment Bill which allows STOS and other oil companies to continue their operations before decisions of their marine consent applications and/or any subsequent objections or appeals are made.” Read the rest of this entry »
This month, we have seen yet another humanitarian crisis unfold as the situation in Syria and neighbouring countries worsened. It was heartening to see thousands of New Zealanders pledging to open their homes to refugees and mounting public pressure which forced the government to open its border to an additional 600 Syrian refugees.
The media has been filled with stories of tragedies endured by refugees, the costs of accepting them into New Zealand and squabbles among European countries while refugees queued at their borders. Yet few journalists have enough conscience, courage or insight to expose the real difficult truth, the root causes and beneficiaries of the crisis.
An exception is Australian journalist John Pilcher who wrote in his highly analytical blog Why the rise of fascism is again the issue: Read the rest of this entry »
Under EPA is expected “to undertake its functions in a way that contributes to the efficient, effective, and transparent management of New Zealand’s environment and natural and physical resources“. But surely the Environmental Protection Authority must have a mandate to protect the environment!
Please submit to the Select Committee in SUPPORT of the EPA (Protection of Environment) Amendment Bill which gives EPA the objective to protect, maintain and enhance NZ’s environment
. It’s easy and can be as simple as a single line. State whether you wish to speak to your submission. Submission can be done online
(scroll to bottom of that page, click the icon under ‘verification’ & it’ll take you to the submission form). Submission closes this Thur 10 Sept
. Read CJT’s submission