MEDIA RELEASE: IPCC report – fossil-fuel extraction needs to stop now!

31/03/2014

ipccThe Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a report today (31 March) that says the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans and that in parts of the world, we are ill-prepared for risks from changing climate.

“The findings of the IPCC hammer home again, that anthropogenic climate chaos has begun for communities across the globe. We can’t keep ignoring the stark warnings of catastrophic consequences of climate change. The Emissions Trading Scheme is not working. We need to be able to address the effects ON not just OF climate change through the Resource Management Act. Fossil fuel extraction needs to stop now” says Urs Signer, member of Climate Justice Taranaki.

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Media highlights: 16-31 March 2014

22/03/2014

Wayne Brittenden’s counterpoint (NZ Radio, 30 March) – re the secretive TPPA (Trans-Pacific Partnerships Agreement) trade deal; well worth listening to!

Government sets best-practice fracking guidelines  (NZ Herald, 28 March)

Fracking guidelines by the government for hydraulic fracturing warn that fracking fluids need to be controlled so they don’t contaminate drinking water  (MSN, 28 March) – Download from MFE website

Fracking’s earthquake risks push states to collaborate  (Bloomberg Business Week, 27 March) – “Rules that took effect in Ohio last year ban injection wells in certain formations and let the state require seismic monitoring…”  .

Obama is negotiating an agreement that could unleash fracking across the world  (Policy Mic, 26 March)  – the same could happen here in NZ through the secretive trade deal – TPPA (Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement) currently being negotiated

Cracks showing in industry built on shaky ground (NZ Herald, 22 March) – Must read!  It gives good summary of the latest research and investigations into deepwell injection of drilling wastes and earthquakes.  CJT has mapped 19 deepwell injection sites in Taranaki.

Expanding search for hydrocarbons gives some the jitters (Otago Daily Times, 22 March) – CJT mentioned in last of the series

Cooking with gas (Otago Daily Times, 22 March) – second of the series of 3 articles

Taranaki knows the drill (Otago Daily Times, 16 March) – first of a series of 3 articles on Taranaki’s oil and gas (pros and cons)


New Plymouth District Council investing in Tasmanian forest destruction

19/03/2014

On Monday, 18th March 2014, mTaranaki Big Changed 2 smallembers of Climate Justice Taranaki spoke at the New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) meeting.

We are extremely concerned about plans to destroy 1806 ha of native forest in Tasmania by a company controlled by the NPDC. Read the rest of this entry »


Media Release: Continuing breaches and non-compliance in oil and gas operations – symptoms of a flawed system

18/03/2014

Waikaikai Farms Ltd drilling waste disposal annual monitoring re“Continuing  incidents and breaches of consent by the oil and gas industry, documented in today’s (18 March 2014) Taranaki Regional Council (TRC) consent and regulatory committee meeting, demonstrate serious failings in the operation, management and legislative approach to this industry”, said Climate Justice Taranaki (CJT). Read the rest of this entry »


Media Highlights: 10-20 March 2014

12/03/2014

Landfarm pinged twice for consent breaches  (TDN, 20 March)

Action group against drilling  (TDN, 20 March)

Research confirms fracking ‘harmful to health‘ (TV NZ One News, 12 March)  – interview with NZ Climate and Health Council

Anadarko unlikely to test drill another Otago oil hole (Radio NZ, 12 March) – good news

Give us a say on energy options  (Wanganui Chronicle, 10 March) – good article by Lorna Sutherland


CJT as District Council stakeholder

11/03/2014

CJT has been identified as stakeholder by the Stratford District Council in their discussion paper: “Managing Energy Resource Development and Effects of Climate Change“, as a lead into the Stratford District Plan Review. Please read our submission on the discussion paper, the  emphasis being on support for the transition to renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation, sustainable communities and reducing the impacts of the fossil fuel industry on communities and the planet.


Media release: 99.5% of submissions oppose iron sand mining

06/03/2014

mining-protest“Of the 4706 submissions the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) received on Trans-Tasman Resources’ (TTR) plans to mine iron sand off the Taranaki coast, a staggering 99.5% of submitters opposed the application! Read the rest of this entry »