Where is the Triple Bottom Line?

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Photo by Fiona Clark, Taranaki.

The national state of the environment report “Environment Aotearoa 2015” released yesterday is another testament to the blatant mismanagement of our environment.

In the last ten years, the total land area used for dairy farming has increased by a whopping 28%. Our water is now more polluted, due largely to intensified farming, dairying in particular. Our land is increasingly being compacted, unproductive and prone to erosion, also due largely to intensified dairying. Nearly 80% of land under dairying are badly affected by compaction. Read the rest of this entry »

Oil and Gas retreating, step up our campaigns for a sustainable, low carbon future


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In the last month we have seen oil giant Shell pulled out of the Arctic and postponed its 2015 drilling programme in NZ’s Great South Basin indefinitely. Two weeks ago, Tag Oil announced cutting its 2016 spending by nearly 30% and delaying its work in NZ until next financial year or “until we see better oil pricing“. This is good news for the children and parents of Norfolk school where Tag Oil had planned to drill just 600m away, at least for now. Read the rest of this entry »

If you can only do one submission before the end of the year, this is the one


Proposed South Taranaki District Plan

This proposed district plan will have far reaching implications in how the oil and gas industry will be regulated on New Zealand, as other councils look on. The plan may even form the basis of a national policy statement, so we want to get it right. As it stands, the plan is far too permissive to the oil and gas industry, posing unacceptable risks to people and the environment.

Submission closes on 12 Oct 2015.

Below are the key points to submit on (following council’s required format):

1. Scope of Submission

My submission concerns all aspects of petroleum activities and hazardous substances in the proposed plan, and especially the Rural Zone Rules 3. 2.2 on minimum setbacks; Hazardous Substances Rules 12.2.4 and 12.3.2-12.3.4; and Energy Rules 13.1.1, 13.1.4, 13.1.5. Read the rest of this entry »