We cannot accept this statement, can you?
While a few may benefit financially from the oil and gas industry, local communities surrounded by oil and gas drilling, fracking, extraction and deepwell injection suffer as future generations are being robbed of a benign climate to live in. Yet council wants recognition for the industry as a policy in the Draft Coastal Plan for Taranaki (Policy 5b, Rules 11, 25-29).
The Draft Plan also proposes to allow the continuation of sewage (Rules 6 & 7) and industrial (Rules 12 & 13) discharge into our marine environment, despite the risks to human and environmental health and breaches on Maori rights (Wai-6).
If you don’t agree with what’s in the draft plan, then tell council. Use council’s online feedback form. You have until Friday 18 November 2016. The plan and associated documents are here.
Read CJT’s feedback to council here.
“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 »
Since 2010, Climate Justice Taranaki has been fighting the aggressive expansion of the fossil fuel industry, and raising awareness on climate change and social justice issues.
Last month, we wrote a 30 paged submission to the EPA asking them to decline Shell Todd Oil Services’ (STOS) application to further its drilling, production and discharge activities at the Maui platforms for another 35 years.
In our view the proposal does not meet the purpose of the EEZ Act—to promote sustainable management of natural resources. The Maui “field is now in its twilight years … STOS’ focus has shifted from … maximum reliable production, to finding … ways to economically unlock more difficult remaining volumes from the existing reservoirs…” STOS admits.
Drilling 22 side-track wells from existing wells and expecting the aging structures to withstand extreme weather events in coming decades is simply too risky.
We need expert witnesses and legal representation to best be able to present these, and additional arguments, including international obligations. We are therefore asking you for support.
Vote Compass: Almost half of respondents opposed to further fracking (TVNZ, 30 Aug) – Encouraging!
NZ profits plunge as exploration costs surge (NZ Herald, 26 Aug)
Bridges: Speech to AusIMM conference (scoop, 26 Aug) – “Getting the basics right has seen us cut red tape by making 150 amendments to simplify and streamline the RMA. … Since 2012, we have invested $4.4 million in aeromagnetic surveys of the West Coast and Northland. And a further $8 million has been earmarked in Budget 2014 for data gathering projects across petroleum and minerals over the next four years.” Simon Bridges
OMV abandons empty exploration well (stuff business, 26 Aug)
Biggest quake since ’89 hits California’s Bay area (NZ Herald, 25 Aug) – read also On Shaky Ground – Fracking acidizing, and increased Earthquake risks in California (March 2014)
Tough year for NZ mining (Otago Daily Times, 23 Aug)
Oil wellsite probe news to explorer (TDN, 21 Aug) – CJT mentioned
Why the scientific case against fracking keeps getting strong (Mother Jones, 15 Aug) – well worth a read/listen
No food safety risk in oil waste – MPI (Radio NZ, 15 Aug) – Despite traces of contaminants found in milk collected from farms where drilling wastes have been spread. Listen here to interview with MPI. The MPI report is here. Read the rest of this entry »