Press release: Big Taranaki climate polluters to be named and shamed

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Despite the government’s recent announcement for no new offshore petroleum permits, existing permit holders continue to drill on and offshore, and new permits may be issued onshore in Taranaki.  Climate Justice Taranaki spokesperson Emily Bailey says “Enough is enough. We are now launching a new campaign to out these big companies who are profiting from wrecking our planet and putting our children’s very future at risk.” First to be protested will be Austrian company OMV on 4-5th September in New Plymouth.

Megabucks Austrian oil and gas company OMV will be at New Plymouth’s Quality Hotel arguing their case to the Environmental Protection Authority for a  discharge consent associated with their plan to drill 12 exploratory/appraisal wells in six licensed areas off Taranaki over the next six years.

OMV is seeking a consent for discharge of trace amounts of harmful substances from the deck drains of the mobile drilling unit/s which is a notifiable activity. The exploratory drilling itself and the larger quantities of toxic discharges such as drill fluid or production water are not publicly notified. Exploratory drilling is the most risky stage – remember that the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico was exploratory,” says CJT researcher Catherine Cheung.

The law is wrong – it is cutting the public out and smoothing everything for the fossil fuel companies. The EPA process we get to be involved in is pointless other than to show that the public is involved, never mind how little. It is a rubber stamping process,” she added.

Climate change is the most pressing issue that is threatening the very existence of all species on this planet, including our own. These companies need to be named and shamed for what they are doing. People don’t need more oil and gas, we need a livable planet. Their profit is our exploitation. They have no social license,” said Bailey.

We’re tired of arguing over drilling consents and permits, the big issues are climate change and unsustainable resource use. This country’s current laws are not designed to stop climate polluters and we’re running out of time. Let’s take the issue to the public and let the generations who are suffering now, decide whether it’s ok for these companies to hold their future to ransom,” concluded Bailey.

The group plans to protest a different climate polluter every week or so in Taranaki. The public are welcome to join the group’s actions that are advertised on facebook and on our website www.ClimateJusticeTaranaki.info.

Media coverage:

Dilution no solution to pollution, Taranaki Daily News 4 Sept 18

Gas company seeks to discharge chemicals at sea, Radio NZ 4 Sept 18

OMV tells EPA that many environmental claims are ‘not legally relevant’ in oil and gas hearing, Taranaki Daily News 5 Sept 18

Context in oil & gas fight, L DeVantier letter to editor, TDN 7 Sept 18

Hearing statements:

You can download and read our hearing statements here.

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3 Responses to Press release: Big Taranaki climate polluters to be named and shamed

  1. Reblogged this on The Most Revolutionary Act and commented:
    “Climate change is the most pressing issue that is threatening the very existence of all species on this planet, including our own. These companies need to be named and shamed for what they are doing. People don’t need more oil and gas, we need a livable planet.”

  2. Peter Hesselgrave says:

    If you want to get serious about climate change target farming as the methane produced is 30 times more damaging than Co2 emissions and Massive water pollution , and we can all survive by setting up stalls to sell opossum skin products to the tourists .

    • You have some great points Peter and we do agree that the current industrial form of farming is extremely damaging on many levels. Such industrial farming is made possible by fossil fuels – the ties between the two industries are especially obvious in Taranaki, where farmlands are drilled by oil/gas companies, the gas produced is turned into urea for the farms so they can put more cows on, some farmers are happy to have drilling wastes spread on them farms, the milk produced is dried by the fracked gas here or by burning coal elsewhere, milk powder is shipped/flown overseas by jet fuel…. The two industries feed each other in an endless cycle… We’re trying hard to break this cycle, by opposing further oil/gas exploration/mining and demanding transition to renewable energy and sustainable agriculture. There is a clear difference between the fossil fuel industry and agriculture – the former can never be sustainable but the latter can. We are hopeful that with what we do, and the many other groups that focus more on sustainable agriculture, we can together build a better future.

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