Taranaki Daily News actually criticises the government on NZ’s poor international climate polluting ranking. Read their editorial 18 December 2014 here:
EPA granted marine consent to OMV for it’s development drilling at Maari oil field (EPA website) – submitters have until 28 Jan to file an appeal – CJT’s earlier posting on the OMV application here. And there are other oppositions, listen to Angeline Greensill speaking on Nga Hapu o te Uru customary fishing forum’s objection to EPA’s decision and OMV’s non-compliance under the EEZ Act (Radio NZ, 23 Dec)
Families forced to flee their homes from out-of-control leak at fracking well (EcoWatch, 17 Dec) – in Ohio, USA
Court overturns Ruataniwha dam decision, backs green groups (TVNZ One News, 12 Dec)
Rejected iron sands mining company considers fresh bid (NZ Herald, 13 Dec) – Trans Tasman Resources (TTR) “…has abandoned a High Court appeal against a decision rejecting its application to mine up to 50 million tonnes of black sand off the West Coast seabed.” Well done KASM and all those who have spoken against the mining proposal!
Cuomo bans fracking in New York State (EcoWatch, 17 Dec)
Government sticks head in sand (TDN, 18 Dec) – while not strictly a win, such a critical editorial in Taranaki would not have been imaginable a year ago, is the tide turning?
“It is foolish and reckless for the NZ government to continue pushing for fossil fuel exploration. The government is ignoring its global obligation to tackling climate change. It’s turning a blind eye to legitimate concerns from kiwis who care about their oceans and marine life. It’s denying citizens’ of their basic rights to clean air, water and uncontaminated land while the industry ramps up drilling, flaring and toxic waste dumping,” Read the rest of this entry »
Landfarming given the go-ahead (TDN, 2 Dec) – misleading title, should be “Concerns over toxic waste dump on farm”
Green spending growning (TDN, 2 Dec) – more PR spins by regional council
Maari oil field gets a boost (TDN, 2 Dec) – OMV drilling continues while EPA process its marine consent application