Media Release: TRC reveals Toxic Chemicals in Taranaki Frack Job


DATE: 27 June 2011- for immediate release
FROM: Climate Justice Taranaki

“We are alarmed by the response of the Taranaki Regional Council to a recent Official Information Act request which confirms that toxic chemicals are being used in fracking jobs and then released into our environment by oil and gas companies” says spokesperson for Climate Justice Taranaki Teresa Goodin.

Early this year TRC resource management director Fred McLay was asked by Climate Justice Taranaki if he knew what chemicals were being used here in fracking. He said it was government’s responsibility as council were only concerned with what came out of wells, not what went in. An Official Information Act request to Ministry of Economic Development then put the responsibility back with TRC who, three months later, have finally responded with some information. Read the rest of this entry »

News Headlines 16-30 June 2011


Gaz de schiste: le Parlement interdit l’utilisation de la fracturation hydraulique (June 30, France)

Solar park coming to Coolum (Queensland) (June 30, Australia)

Energy: the new thirty years’ war (June 29, UK)

Call for mining ban on heritage sites (June 29, NZ)

Seafood warning following oil spill (June 28, NZ)

Global Day of Action Against Coal Seam Gas (June 27, Australia)

Drilling Down Series – Natural Gas (June 27, USA) – must read!!

Warming oceans cause largest movement of marine species in two million years (June 26, UK)

Suburbs in revolt as mining exploration hits city limits (June 26, Australia)

Company seeks shale gas permit (June 25, NZ)

Global renewable energy growth outstrips dirty alternatives (June 24, NZ)

Fracking and Water: EPA zeros in on 7 sites (June 23, USA)

CSG’s arrival caught farmers unaware (June 22, NZ)

Making a post-oil transition (June 21, NZ)

An open letter to the green movement (June 21, UK)

Oil inspector’s workload a concern (June 20, NZ)

UN body to consider drastic action on climate change (June 18)

Black Water and Brazenness: Gas Drilling Disrupts Lives, Endangers Health in Bradford County, PA (June 16, USA)

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Press Release 10 June 2011


Opposition at oil and gas conference – Climate Justice Taranaki

Around 25 people gathered outside the ENEX oil and gas conference this afternoon to show opposition to the massive expansion of petroleum exploration across Aotearoa/New Zealand.

“We are concerned about our kaimoana and whether our great-great-grandchildren will still be able to gather seafood” said Maata Wharehoka, kaitiaki of Te Niho o Te Ati Awa at Parihaka. Read the rest of this entry »

News headlines 1-15 June 2011


Construction to resume on parts of solar project (June 11, USA)

Anti-nuke protests in Japan, 3 months after quake (June 11, Japan)

Group plans to fight mining exploration (June 11, Australia)

Iwi ‘looking to invest in oil, gas exploration’ (June 11, NZ)

Protesters at ENEX oil and gas conference in New Plymouth today (June 10, NZ)

Experts describe NZ sitting on oil bonanza (June 10, NZ)

Deep Sea Drilling (June 9, NZ radio – make sure you listen to the end!)

Protesters focus on oil conference (June 8, NZ)

Deepwater Horizon partner may drill in NZ (June 8, NZ)

High-speed train gets green boost from two miles of solar panels (June 6, UK)

Natural gas is no climate change panacea, warns IEA (June 6, global)

Greenpeace activists force Arctic oil rig to stop drilling (June 4, Greenland)

Great news – permits rejected for Golden Bay/Nelson area:

Greywolf’s foiled prospects hailed (June 2, NZ)

New laws to be rushed through for NZ offshore while onshore laws still failing:

Laws to scrutinize offshore oil permits welcomed (June 2, NZ)

New Protection Laws set for oil exploration (June 2, NZ)

Environmental Protection Laws for the Ocean Announced (June 2, NZ)

Environmental Protection Authority Announced (June 2, NZ)

More fracking quakes reported in UK:

Blackpool earthquake tremors may have been caused by gas drilling (June 1, UK)

Second tremor in two months shakes local confidence (June 1, UK)