Climate Justice Taranaki statement on Oil Free Seas Flotilla

Taranaki from the sea“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!”

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