Media highlights: November 2014


Council fined $115k over Eltham stink (Radio NZ, 24 Nov) – An example of just how closely linked industrial farming and the fossil fuel industry are, and the huge waste issues involved…

Rivals at odds over oil, gas potential (TDN, 24 Nov) – EPMU Taranaki organiser Ross Henderson said drilling wasn’t going to improve the job situation; oil companies had to find something.  The next 12 months were going to be tough and whether people would still have their jobs at the end of the year remained to be seen, he said. “The exploration programme is hit or miss.”

More seabed opened up for drilling  (Northland Age, 18 Nov) Mayor puts lid on fears of oil spills off Tararua  (Manuwatu Standard, 17 Nov) – Details on Petroleum Block Offers 2015 Consultation on NZPAM website Read the rest of this entry »

CJT asks EPA to decline OMV’s marine consent applicaion


CJT Cumulative effects 50km radius v1 5Nov2014


The Environment Protection Authority came to Taranaki today to listen to community voices opposed to OMV’s marine consent application to drill seven new wells in its Maari oil field. Several Climate Justice Taranaki members addressed the five-person strong Decision Making Committee.  Urs Signer made quite an impression by pulling out the “elephant in the room” – climate change while Catherine Cheung went into the detailed reasoning for our opposition, notably the threats to the Maui’s Dolphin and cumulative effects. Here is her written statement.

The hearing started at 9.30am and finished at about 1pm. A full transcript should be available in coming days on the EPA

Media coverage:  Consent opponents condemn toxic waste  (TDN, 7 Nov 2014)