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 »

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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

heads in the sand


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 »


Council Candidates Questionnaire Responses

21/09/2013

Our councils hold a lot of power when it comes to deciding things like river protection, fossil fuel extraction and the sustainable (or not) future of our region. To help Taranaki residents decide who to vote for, we asked our 107 district and regional council candidates (less 3 who didn’t have email addresses) to answer 12 short questions. Many did not respond but those who did had very interesting answers which are encouraging to read. We would like to thank the 19 candidates who took the time to respond. Below are their quick responses to the first 7 questions. Long answers to all the 12 questions can be found in the PDF document at the bottom of this post.

New Plymouth District Council

NPDC Quick

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