Beware of seismic surveys

Greymouth Petroleum is currently trying to gain access and agreement from landowners/occupiers to conduct seismic surveys across large areas of Taranaki, in search for more natural gas. If it eventuates, the seismic plan, spanning seven petroleum exploration and mining permits, some 270 sq km, will affect thousands of households and farms.

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The company has obtained resource consents from the Taranaki Regional Council for the Turangi seismic block. The consents allow the company:

To discharge contaminants to land where they may enter groundwater, including residues from detonation of
explosive charges and degradation of unexploded charges
, associated with undertaking a seismic survey

and

To discharge contaminants to land where they may enter groundwater from use of drilling muds associated with undertaking a seismic survey“.

If you have been approached by the company, please do not be pressured into signing anything. Inform yourself and read our advice.

Print this leaflet out for neighbourhood schools, shops and cafes:

Here is a template of a letter for refusing access and resource consent for Greymouth Petroleum seismic surveys using explosives.

Attention: Fred McLay, Director- Resource Management

Peter Missingham, Greymouth Petroleum Counsel and Director of NZ Surveys 2020 Limited

As landowners/occupiers of ___________________________________ (property) I/we do not give you permission to enter our property for seismic surveys using explosives (Crown Mineral Act 1991 Section 53) and I/we do not give written approval for the discretionary resource consents for the “discharge contaminants to land…from detonation of explosive charges and degradation of unexploded charges, associated with undertaking a seismic survey”and  ” discharge contaminants into land where they may enter groundwater from use of drilling muds associated with undertaking a seismic survey”   (Resource Management Act 1991 Section 95E).

Yours faithfully…

Email it to: fred.mclay@trc.govt.nz ; info@trc.govt.nz ; peter@missinghamlaw.co.nz

And if you have signed an agreement but want to withdraw it, use the follow text instead:

As landowners/occupiers of ___________________________________ (property) I/we withdraw  permission to enter our property for seismic surveys using explosives (Crown Mineral Act 1991 Section 53) and I/we withdraw written approval for the discretionary resource consent for the discharge of contaminants by detonation of explosives, the degradation of undetonated charges (misfires), and  drilling of holes (Resource Management Act 1991 Section 95E).

Yours faithfully…