Climate Justice Taranaki says an independent investigation is critical to determine the cause and extent of damage on the OMV Maari oil platform and associated infrastructure, and to assess the risks of aging oil and gas installations failing.
Wild weather and heightened earthquake risk have prompted OMV to evacuate its staff off the Maari oil platform where a crack was discovered during a scheduled underwater check. Read the rest of this entry »
The last few weeks and months have seen a series of encouraging wins on the environmental front: Read the rest of this entry »
This morning, Climate Justice Taranaki spoke at the Proposed South Taranaki District Plan hearings. Below were our key points:
Hundreds of scientific studies concerning oil and gas development have been conducted internationally in recent years. A vast majority (84 percent) of such research has revealed signs of health impacts on nearby communities. Notably, a detailed study in Colorado concluded that residents living within 800m from gas wells were subject to almost twice the cancer risk than those living beyond 800m. Read the rest of this entry »
It is WOMAD weekend in New Plymouth again – a time to celebrate the World of Music, Arts and Dance, to promote cross-cultural awareness and tolerance. How wonderful!
There is just one problem, Shell and Todd Energy are two main sponsors of WOMAD in NZ.
The two companies, individually or jointly, have drilled and extracted oil and gas from numerous wells around Taranaki. To name a few, Todd Energy’s Mangahewa wellsites in Tikorangi have been drilled, redrilled, fracked, and fracked again recently. Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS) has been busy seismic blasting many farms in South Taranaki for months, in search of any remaining oil or gas in and around the Kapuni field. Last year Shell got another 35 year consent to continue its drilling, extracting and discharging wastes from the aging Maui gas field offshore. With the low oil prices, Shell is now reviewing its operations in NZ, despite its firm statement last year that it’s here for the long haul.
Some might ask: Could their sponsorships and Shell’s zero waste promotion at WOMAD be simply greenwashing opportunities for the companies, or an investment for their social license to continue operation here?
We say: Yes to sustainable festivals and climate justice, Yes to WOMAD, but NO to fossil fuel company sponsorships”!
It is concerning to hear Taranaki farmers Philip and Ainsley Luscombe describe South Taranaki District Council’s proposed buffer zones between dwellings and oil & gas installations as a “council approved land grab“. Read the rest of this entry »
“It is a real disappointment that the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) decided to grant Shell-Todd Oil Services (STOS) the full 35 years consent for more drilling, extraction, dumping and other damaging activities at the Maui gas field off the Taranaki coast” says Emily Bailey, member of Climate Justice Taranaki. “To allow more drilling from the aging wells – many of which have already passed their ‘best before’ dates – is reckless. Despite our detailed submission, the EPA did not insist on a bond that would ensure that wells are maintained, suspended and abandoned in a safe manner. There is also no condition requiring a decommissioning plan or liability insurance should something go seriously wrong.” Read the rest of this entry »
Photo from Oil Free Otago.
While we at Climate Justice Taranaki were recovering from our various presentations at the EPA Hearing on Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS)’ Maui gas field marine consent application, groups from north to south of New Zealand stood together on beaches, with hands held together, in protest of deep sea oil drilling. Indeed, all oil and gas drilling must cease, whether onshore or offshore, in deep or shallow waters, for the sake of safeguarding our life-supporting climate, not to mention the more immediate threats to people (think of people living next door to oil/gas wells) and marine life (think of the many endangered marine mammals we have). The Hands Across the Sand action received great media coverage, below are a few:
Read CJT newsletter, 11 May 2015 re the EPA STOS Maui hearing.