Community Joint Statement on Fracking – Updates


Since the community joint statement calling for an immediate ban or moratorium on fracking was issued on 27 Nov 2012, Greenpeace, Ahi Ka Action Group and Poutama First Nation have also come onboard. Welcome!  And indeed the joint statement is open to all organisations, communities, businesses and landowners who are concerned about fracking. Just let us know and we’ll add you to the statement. Together we will build a powerful alliance. Click here for the joint statement with list of signatories.

Media Release: Community Joint Statement Calling for Fracking Ban or Moratorium


In light of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE)’s interim report on fracking released today, an alliance of 16 environmental groups, hapu and businesses have signed onto a joint statement, demanding a nationwide ban or moratorium on fracking.

“The PCE report identified many serious issues concerning fracking, from water contamination to air pollution and earthquakes. Putting it mildly, the commissioner described the current government oversight as ‘complex and fragmented’ which may allow important issues to ‘fall between the cracks’. Indeed many things have fallen between the cracks, notably TRC’s prior lack of resource consents for fracking, an issue pointed out by Climate Justice Taranaki (CJT) last year and acknowledged in the PCE report. Read the rest of this entry »

Media Highlights: 16-30 Nov 2012


Council gives assurances to fracking (TDN, 29 Nov) – in response to PCE report

New York Health Officials Outline Health Risks of Fracking (Nation of Change, 28 Nov)

Fracking still too risky (Scoop, 28 Nov) – in response to PCE report

Frack off – Statement from MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira  (MANA, 28 Nov) – in response to PCE report

Interim report finds no need for moratorium on fracking (Radio NZ, 28 Nov) – in response to PCE report

Fracking company had poor environmental performance (Radio NZ, 28 Nov) – in response to PCE report

Todd Energy say there is no need for regulation reform (Radio NZ, 28 Nov) – in response to PCE report

Fracking report holds off on big decisions (3 News, 27 Nov) in response to PCE report

Still unclear how safe fracking is (Radio NZ, 27 Nov) – interview with PCE Jan Wright

Fracking gets the green light – for now (Idealog, 27 Nov) in response to PCE report

The top of the world is melting (SMH, 28 Nov)

Concerned, but fracking escapes ban (NZ Herald, 28 Nov)in response to PCE report

Fracking study finds lax control (TDN, 28 Nov)in response to PCE report

Worry over Fracking – but no moratorium (Stuff Politics, 27 Nov) in response to PCE report

Safety of Fracking Not Guaranteed (NZ Green Party, 27 Nov) in response to PCE report

UN to launch new round of talks on global warming (NZ Herald, 26 Nov)

Fracking rules likely to be tightened (NZ Herald, 26 Nov)

Environment report not likely to seek fracking ban (TDN, 25 Nov)

Oil firm called to explain illegal flaring (TDN, 22 Nov)

Frack fight: a secret war of activists (Aljazeera, 21 Nov)

Sustainable Farming takes centre stage (TDN, 20 Nov)  – nice media coverage of CJT’s event

Doctors raise alarm over toxic coal seam gas leaks (Sydney Morning Herald, 17 Nov)

How safe are America’s 2.5 million miles of pipelines (Scientific American, 16 Nov)

Two missing in Gulf oil rig blast (ABC News, 16 Nov)

Fracking sand may pose health hazard to workers, residents (Huffington Post, 16 Nov)

Sustainable Farming Film Festival


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Practical examples of sustainable farming techniques such as polyface farming, permaculture, forest gardens, edible cattle hedges, biological farming and organics all feature in a Sustainable Farming Film Festival coming to Okato’s Hempton Hall next Saturday 24 November. Read the rest of this entry »

MEDIA RELEASE: Climate Justice Taranaki contradicts Todd


In a recent submission to the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE), Climate Justice Taranaki (CJT) has highlighted the complex issues surrounding hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations in New Zealand  and their far reaching impacts, should they be allowed to proliferate. Read the rest of this entry »

Media Headlines (1-15 Nov 2012)


Methane leaking from coal seam gas field, testing shows (Sydney Morning Herald, 15 Nov)

Fracking and Radium – the silvery white monster (Huffington Post, 15 Nov)

Undersea fault line risk swells (Stuff Science 14 Nov)

Energy Industry Hits Back at ‘Buying Friends’ claims (TDN, 14 Nov) – coverage of CJT media release “Climate Justice Taranaki contradicts Todd” 13 Nov 2012

Consultation on Areas for 2013 Petroleum Block Offer (Scoop, 8 Nov)

Fracking essential, says Todd report  (Business Day, 8 Nov) The full report can be downloaded from Todd Energy website (8Mb).

On the Pike River Coal Mine disaster report (Scoop, 6 Nov)

Report reveals laxity of NZ law (The Press, 6 Nov)

Let Miners’ Legacy be a Turning Point  (NZ Herald, 6 Nov)

Pike River: ‘Unrelenting picture of failure’ (NZ Herald, 5 Nov)

Pennsylvania Report Left Out Data on Poisons in Water Near Gas Sites  (NY Times, 2 Nov)