“Do we really want Eastern Taranaki to turn into an industrial wasteland?” asks Climate Justice Taranaki spokesperson Teresa Goodin in response to Solid Energy’s announcement to focus on coal seam gas in Taranaki.
The state owned enterprise (SOE) announced yesterday they are applying to New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals for a five-year extension of its permits in eastern Taranaki to allow their coal seam gas project to move to an appraisal/discovery phase.
“Solid Energy’s announcement is particularly ironic, because just a few weeks ago at a screening of the documentary ‘Gasrush’ in New Plymouth about the Australian CSG industry, we had guys from the oil and gas industry there telling the audience afterwards that the documentary wasn’t relevant in Taranaki because it is mostly about CSG. Well, that documentary and the situation in Australia has become very relevant now, and I think it’s time for farmers and landowners in the back blocks of Eastern Taranaki to look into this issue, because you don’t have to dig too far to find how CSG has affected the farmers and the environment in Aussie. I would expect organisations like Federated Farmers and the Taranaki Rural Support Trust to investigate this issue and assess the potential impacts on their members and the future of food production in our region” said Ms Goodin. Read the rest of this entry »