Press release: Petroleum companies under pressure

08/10/2018

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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.

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Dirty Secret Is Out – Groups Say Ban Fracking Now!

03/02/2015

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“ Taranaki’s dirty secret is out! “ says Catherine Cheung, Climate Justice Taranaki.

More than 80 people from across New Zealand gathered in Taranaki last weekend to experience the impacts of the oil and gas industry on local communities and the environment, and to discuss ways to a better future. The conference, titled “Taranaki’s Beauty and the Beast” was co-organised by the Environment and Conservation Organisations of Aotearoa, Sustainable Whanganui Trust and Climate Justice Taranaki. Read the rest of this entry »


Government sticks head in sand

31/12/2014

Taranaki Daily News actually criticises the government on NZ’s poor international climate polluting ranking. Read their editorial 18 December 2014 here:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/opinion/64266246/Government-stick

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Media highlights: 16-31 March 2014

22/03/2014

Wayne Brittenden’s counterpoint (NZ Radio, 30 March) – re the secretive TPPA (Trans-Pacific Partnerships Agreement) trade deal; well worth listening to!

Government sets best-practice fracking guidelines  (NZ Herald, 28 March)

Fracking guidelines by the government for hydraulic fracturing warn that fracking fluids need to be controlled so they don’t contaminate drinking water  (MSN, 28 March) – Download from MFE website

Fracking’s earthquake risks push states to collaborate  (Bloomberg Business Week, 27 March) – “Rules that took effect in Ohio last year ban injection wells in certain formations and let the state require seismic monitoring…”  .

Obama is negotiating an agreement that could unleash fracking across the world  (Policy Mic, 26 March)  – the same could happen here in NZ through the secretive trade deal – TPPA (Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement) currently being negotiated

Cracks showing in industry built on shaky ground (NZ Herald, 22 March) – Must read!  It gives good summary of the latest research and investigations into deepwell injection of drilling wastes and earthquakes.  CJT has mapped 19 deepwell injection sites in Taranaki.

Expanding search for hydrocarbons gives some the jitters (Otago Daily Times, 22 March) – CJT mentioned in last of the series

Cooking with gas (Otago Daily Times, 22 March) – second of the series of 3 articles

Taranaki knows the drill (Otago Daily Times, 16 March) – first of a series of 3 articles on Taranaki’s oil and gas (pros and cons)


Media Highlights: 10-20 March 2014

12/03/2014

Landfarm pinged twice for consent breaches  (TDN, 20 March)

Action group against drilling  (TDN, 20 March)

Research confirms fracking ‘harmful to health‘ (TV NZ One News, 12 March)  – interview with NZ Climate and Health Council

Anadarko unlikely to test drill another Otago oil hole (Radio NZ, 12 March) – good news

Give us a say on energy options  (Wanganui Chronicle, 10 March) – good article by Lorna Sutherland


CJT as District Council stakeholder

11/03/2014

CJT has been identified as stakeholder by the Stratford District Council in their discussion paper: “Managing Energy Resource Development and Effects of Climate Change“, as a lead into the Stratford District Plan Review. Please read our submission on the discussion paper, the  emphasis being on support for the transition to renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation, sustainable communities and reducing the impacts of the fossil fuel industry on communities and the planet.


Media release: School roadshow is pro-oil propaganda

17/02/2014

Climate Justice Taranaki (CJT) want schools to say NO to the “What Lives Down Under?” challenge and roadshow that is to tour Taranaki towns and schools this week. The project is run by NZ Oil and Gas, Tag Oil and Beach Energy. “Although pitched as an educational resource about dinosaurs, the so-called ‘true facts’ read more like pro-oil propaganda than scientific facts,” said CJT’s Catherine Cheung. Read the rest of this entry »