Beach protests were attended by thousands of people over the weekend sending a strong message to Anadarko and the government that there is growing opposition to deep-sea drilling and plenty of support for the Oil Free Seas Flotilla.
Even in Taranaki, the so-called ‘Texas of the South Pacific’, the increased public awareness around the impact of the drilling on the local and global environment has lead to protests. A beach protest in New Plymouth was attended by over 50 people on Saturday. At the same time, a hikoi led by South Taranaki Iwi Ngaruahinerangi is making its way from Parihaka to Hawera. Read the rest of this entry »
New queries by community watchdog Climate Justice Taranaki and other concerned citizens has revealed no insurance company will cover landowners or communities at risk from fracking or oil drilling exploration. To make matters worse, under the Resource Management Act, the rights and protection of ‘affected parties’ are also waivered if agreements or access is given to oil companies. Read the rest of this entry »
“Climate Justice Taranaki sends its support and solidarity to the people on board the ‘Oil Free Seas Flotilla’. Kia kaha e hoa ma, you speak for the sea! The SV Tiama and SV Baltazar are sailing past Taranaki today en route to oppose Anadarko’s deep sea oil drilling programme off our coast. The people on board the ‘Oil Free Seas Flotilla’ are supported by thousands of people up and down the country who want a sustainable and just future.”
“Anadarko is expected to arrive off the Taranaki coast in a few days with their drillship ‘Noble Bob Douglas’. We are opposed to deep sea drilling: it threatens our coast and our planet. Science tells us that we urgently need to get off fossil fuel consumption if catastrophic climate change is to be averted. History tells us that well-blowouts and oil spills are disastrous to marine life, fishery and tourism. Yet the government seems dead keen to make it as easy as possible for oil and gas companies to continue extracting the dirty stuff.”
“We say – make fossil fuels history!”
For more information: http://oilfreeseasflotilla.org.nz