What shocking news! Oil giant Shell has been caught drilling two wells offshore without a marine consent, blatantly breaching NZ’s EEZ Act!
It’s even more shocking to hear Environment Minister Nick Smith said “it is inevitable with a brand new law .. that there’s a bit of argy-bargy what is or is outside the law.” Now is he the Environment Minister or Corporate Minister?
Greenpeace’s Nathan Argent put it well, “if we are to take Shell at their word – that they didn’t know the rules – then the simple response is that they should not be risking our oceans in the first place“.
If it is not “cowboy behaviour” as Greens’ Russel Norman of the Greens described, what is it?
Remember this is also the same company that wants to drill both in the dangerous, icy extremes of the Arctic and deep in our waters off the coast of Otago. “Such a relaxed, willfully ignorant attitude to regulations in such difficult, hazardous environments is how accidents happen”, Argent reiterated.