Press release: Petroleum companies under pressure



The pressure is building against oil, gas and coal companies in Aotearoa who continue to push for fossil fuel extraction with increasing community calls to curb climate change. Protesters will be gathering outside Todd Energy, Beach Energy and OMV tomorrow Tuesday 9 October.

The proposed amendments of the Crown Minerals Act, while banning new offshore exploratory permits, allows existing permit holders to keep drilling, and for new exploratory permits to be issued onshore in Taranaki. The amendments also take away protection of conservation lands, such as the national park, by allowing companies to conduct so-called ‘minimum impact activities’ within them.

Climate scientists are warning us today that it will take ‘far more aggressive’ efforts to limit warming to just 1.5 degrees and alleviate catastrophic impacts. Yet government policies continue to encourage resource exploitation and ignore the root cause of our climate crisis – economic growth from exploitation of the environment and people. It is up to everyone to turn this around and pressure decision makers and companies to get out of extractive industries,” said Emily Bailey of Climate Justice Taranaki.

Community pressure is rising across the country, with actions by Greenpeace, Oil Free Wellington, Oil Free Otago, other community groups and the Global Frack Down this month. Climate Justice Taranaki is holding weekly protests in New Plymouth, targeting the various oil companies operating here such as OMV, AWE, Beach Energy, Tamarind Resources, Tag Oil, Todd Energy and Greymouth Petroleum.

The message is clear: destroying our future for profit is completely unacceptable. Investors need to pull out of this criminal industry based on exploitation and pollution and give their money to regenerative agriculture, native forest plantings and community projects. These greedy companies have been warring over resources and destroying natural habitats for far too long. Their profit is our exploitation and we will not stand for it.” said Bailey.

Just transition must be genuine. Investing tens of millions of dollars now in hydrogen research and locking in multi-decadal assets for it, is not ‘just transition’ if natural gas is used as the feed-stock and power source. The claim for clean hydrogen is true only when water is used as feed-stock and renewable energies power the process. Sadly, this is unlikely to be the case in Taranaki, as it is not globally. PEPANZ’s statement earlier welcomed hydrogen development and referred to carbon capture and storage. These are unproven technologies that do nothing but prolong the fossil fuel industry.” said Catherine Cheung of Climate Justice Taranaki.

Beware of ‘false solutions’ that waste precious time and resources. What we need now are climate actions that constitute true solutions. The focus must be on substantially reducing greenhouse gas emissions, fostering social equity and building community resilience while every aspect of society weans themselves off fossil fuel reliance,” concluded Cheung.


Government’s ludicrous petroleum proposal


NZPAM website, 21 September 2016

The New Zealand government has just proposed to release half a million square kilometres of our land and sea to petroleum exploration.

The Taranaki Basin offer encompassed a third of the West Coast Marine Mammal Sanctuary, designated for the protection of the nearly extinct Maui’s Dolphin. The government says this has been re-introduced due to commercial interest in the area”.

So rather than upholding New Zealand’s international obligation to protect endangered species and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the government does what corporations want – providing a stable and predictable regime”.   Read the rest of this entry »

Taranaki Daily News opinion poll 4/5/2013


Taranaki Daily News opinion poll 4/5/2013

The message is surprisingly clear as tides are turning in Texanaki… In an ironic statement from our regional council, Director of environmental quality Gary Bedford said the council was concerned its submissions [on proposed government regulations around deepsea drilling in the Exclusive Economic Zone] hadn’t been incorporated. “In our experience self-regulation can fall over. It increases the possibility that if something goes wrong, it goes wrong bigger.” What hypocrisy from a government department that has been operating like this for decades. Read more here.

Read also ‘Black gold, dark clouds’ 4/05/2013 written by Matt Rilkoff for the Taranaki Daily News…”Ben Sarten stepped inside the Tikorangi house he was raised in, closed the door and wondered where he was. ‘This doesn’t feel like home anymore.'”

And ‘One more well is too much’ 24/04/2013


MEDIA COVERAGE: Drew Hutton Lock the Gate NZ Speaking Tour


Fighting Fracking – Resisting oil’s hard sale (NZ Farmers Weekly, 10 Sept 2012)

Lessons to be learned from Aussie farmers (Stratford Press, 6 Sept 2012)

Best coal under best land (NZ Farmers Weekly, 3 Sept 2012)

Gas exploration will hurt farm values, says campaigner (The Southland Times, 30 Aug 2012)

Close your gates, Aussie urges farmers (Taranaki Daily News, 29 Aug 2012)

Campaigner urges NZ to not follow Australia (3 News,29 Aug 2012)

Australian anti-fracking campaigner talks to NZ farmers – Interview with Drew Hutton and Rosalind Archer by Kathryne Ryan (NZ Radio Nine to Noon, 23 Aug 2012)

Fracking in New Zealand – the debate continues (NZ Listener, 18 Aug 2012)

MEDIA RELEASE: True sustainability not green growth


This year’s Yale University environmental performance index ranks New Zealand 14th out of 146 countries worldwide, slipping from first place in 2006.

Geoff Ross, co-founder of green growth business lobby group Pure Advantage says New Zealand relies heavily on its clean, green brand, but its track record shows the country is vulnerable. A report released this week by the group, estimates global green growth is potentially worth $6 trillion a year, and creates better paying jobs, health improvements and protects the environment. A spokesperson for Climate Justice Taranaki, Emily Bailey, says “while the report is useful in its analysis of our situation and a serious wake-up call for New Zealand industry, it proposes the wrong solutions”.

The report states “NZ’s emissions are the fifth highest per capita in the OECD [and] our emissions have increased 23% since 1990.” [1] We have “the world’s third highest rate of car ownership. Our transport sector is inefficient and … between 1990 and 2006, total transport emissions increased by a shocking 64% [with] only 2.5% of trips made by public transport… [for which funding] will be cut from an already low 1.8% of the current land transport budget to 0.7% by 2021.” [2] Read the rest of this entry »

Rising Tide booklet on False Solutions


Hoodwinked in the Hothouse: False Solutions to Climate Change

This 28-page booklet provides a close-to-comprehensive overview of false solutions to climate change. Fifteen concise articles—complete with photos and illustrations—cover more than 20 false solutions to climate change, from Clean Coal to Biomass incineration, providing an easy-to-read introduction to the ever expanding market place of climate crisis technofixes.

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ GUIDE: “False Solutions To Climate Change”


Our planet is heating up at an alarming rate, threatening our very survival. What needs to be done is simple: The pollution and destruction of Earth must be stopped immediately. But instead, there is a lot of greed, false solutions and lies about how to save our future. It seems that leaders of the world are more concerned about making money than solving the climate crisis.

This is a quick guide to the truth about false solutions to climate change. Unfortunately, most of these false solutions are violating not only the law of nature but also Indigenous Peoples’ rights. Many of these so-called “solutions” to Climate Change are grabbing Indigenous Peoples land and devastating our planet. Download the guide from Earth Peoples website.