This morning, members from Climate Justice Taranaki spoke to the Local Government and Environment Select Committee on the government’s proposed Resource Legislation Amendment Bill. The four key points were:
- The effects on CLIMATE CHANGE must be at the heart of every resource management decision, if the goal is to truly manage natural resources sustainably and protect our natural environment. Currently, the RMA and EEZ Act prohibit councils and the EPA from considering the effects of activities on climate change. CJT urge that these be amended, as the government has a legal obligation and duty of care to protect its citizens from climate change.
- The proposed Bill takes away councils’ function in preventing and mitigating any adverse effects of the storage, use, disposal or transportation of HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES. This is an extremely dangerous proposition as it eliminates what could protect local communities from well blow-out, gas clouds and other harmful accidents associated with the fossil fuel and other heavy industries.
- Fracking is known to contaminate water, soil, cause serious health effects, induce earthquakes and exacerbates climate change. CJT urge for a nationwide ban on FRACKING and a halt on all fossil fuel exploration.
- The proposed Bill erodes ENVIRONMENTAL BOTTOM LINES, dis-empowers the public and threatens democratic processes when it should be strengthening environmental protection and ensuring resource sustainability and public rights in decision making.
Read our full submission here.
Photo sources (from left clockwise):
Flare at Mangahewa E wellsite, December 2014 by Fiona Clark.
Warning sign at Kapuni wellsite, February 2012 by C. Cheung.
Cyclone Winston and Tatiana, Feb 2016, Vanuatu Meteorological Service.
Wairarapa drought, Feb 2013 by D. Allen, NIWA.
Whangaehu River in flood, June 2015 by Warwick Smith Fairfax NZ.