Plans to disrupt drilling boosted by tribunal report


From Radio NZ: Environmental campaigners say plans for direct action against oil and gas prospectors have been given a boost by the Waitangi Tribunal’s findings on the petroleum industry.

The tribunal found that laws to protect Maori interests from petroleum mining are failing and important sites are being damaged or destroyed.

It says oil and gas prospecting is on the rise, risking increasing levels of irrevocable harm.

Emily Bailey of Climate Justice Taranaki says some locals are outraged enough to act.

She says there are people who are considering blocking access roads or setting up occupation camps.

Ngaati Kahungunu territory between Wairarapa and Hawke’s Bay is the most intensively explored area outside Taranaki.

The iwi says it wants not to be obstructive but to work alongside companies to protect ancestral and burial sites.

MEDIA RELEASE: Wai 796 report good for the climate


MEDIA RELEASE: ‘Wai 796 report good for the climate’
DATE: 22nd December 2010
FROM: Climate Justice Taranaki

“The Waitangi Tribunal 796 Report on the Management of the Petroleum Resource, released today, is a clear finding that the Crown breached the rights and protection of tangata whenua promised in Te Tiriti o Waitangi. If the Tribunal’s recommendations are accepted by the crown it will be a step towards  greater community involvement in decision-making and stronger environmental protections. We expect the crown won’t accept but it’s good to make the communities demands heard” said Climate Justice Taranaki and Otaraua hapu member Emily Bailey. Read the rest of this entry »