Tasmania extended fracking moratorium to protect clean produce reputation

01/03/2015

“Tasmania’s primary industries minister, Jeremy Rockliff, said uncertainty around fracking should not put at risk Tasmania’s reputation for producing fresh, premium and safe produce….” This is what NZ should be doing. See the community joint statement calling for a total ban on fracking in NZ – will your group join us?  As an individual, please sign the Stop Fracking Now petition.  Read full story on Tasmanian here (Guardian, 26 March 2015).

If you’re still not convinced, read “How earthquakes linked to fracking are fracturing an Oklahoma community” (Stuff, 28 Feb 2015)


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 »


CJT MEDIA RELEASE: Drill report small victory but not good enough

04/06/2014

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Climate Justice Taranaki (CJT) reaffirms its call for an end to fracking and issuance of any new oil and gas permits.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s report supports CJT’s view that the regulatory and management regime here requires major reform, and that the great environmental issue with fossil fuel development is climate change.

“The report is another slap in the face for the petroleum industry. But it’s not enough. Read the rest of this entry »


Media highlights (23-30 April 2014)

01/05/2014

US EPA study may soon impact fracking litigation  (Oil and Gas Investor, 30 April)  – “The study’s primary research questions focus on the following five stages of the “hydraulic fracturing water cycle” to evaluate potential impacts on the quality and quantity of drinking water…”

With no health registry, PA [Pennsylvania] doesn’t know the impact of fracking on health  (Public Source, 30 April)  -“Health departments in both New York and Maryland, which also lie atop the Marcellus Shale, are working on health studies. Those studies are funded by their respective state governments and their governors have refused to allow fracking until the studies are complete….While there is no state-funded health research of shale operations in Pennsylvania, there are some hospital initiatives, academic projects and smaller, community-centered health projects in the works….”

Le canton de Neuchatel vote un moratoire sur les forages d’hydrocarbures  (RTS, 30 April) The parliament of the district of Neuchatel (Switzerland) voted in favour of a 10 year drilling moratorium! British company Celtique Energie has wanted to start fracking in the Val-de-Travers. After a petition with over 10,000 signatures, the MPs voted 73 to 35 in favour of a moratorium.

Oil secrets stolen (TDN, 30 April)  – “Earlier this month, Cadenhead told the judge-only trial in the New Plymouth District Court that Watchorn deliberately targeted and downloaded seismic and geotechnical information from Tag’s server which revealed the highly successful methods used by his company to find oil and gas in Taranaki.”  Assuming such secrecy also bars governments from access to such information, how can regulators scrutinize the industry?

Close-up view of seabed mining hearings  (TDN, 29 April)

In landmark ruling, Jury says fracking company must pay $3 million to sickened family  (Think Progress, 23 April)

Work at wells pause  (TDN, 23 April) – “According to an Origin Energy spokesman, production at the company’s Rimu, Kauri and Manutahi well sites was suspended two weeks ago as part of a routine operational review. “


Media highlights: 4-22 April 2014

08/04/2014

Is the U.S. shale boom going bust?  (Bloomberg, 22 April) – “…the average decline of the world’s conventional oil fields is about 5 percent per year. By comparison, the average decline of oil wells in North Dakota’s booming Bakken shale oil field is 44 percent per year. Individual wells can see production declines of 70 percent or more in the first year. Shale gas wells face similarly swift depletion rates, so drillers need to keep plumbing new wells to make up for the shortfall at those that have gone anemic. This creates what Hughes and other critics consider an unsustainable treadmill of ever-higher, billion-dollar capital expenditures chasing a shifting equilibrium. …”

Dairy industry inquiry wanted [by Fish and Game]  (Radio NZ, 19 April)

Sustainable farming granted $9.9 million funding  (NZ Farmers, 18 April)

Fracking-earthquake link may impact insurance policies  (Columbus Business First, 18 April) – “Fracking falls into the “man-made” part of typical earthquake insurance coverage, the same category that includes injection wells. More than one-third of companies polled by the Ohio Insurance Institute in 2012 said their earthquake coverage wouldn’t cover losses from fracking-related movement.”  NZ insurers won’t cover that either.

Fracking study gets [Colorado] House OK  (GJSentinel, 17 April)  – “The bill directs the department of public health and environment to conduct an analysis of human health and quality of life within the counties of Larimer, Weld, Boulder, and Adams with the intent of understanding any possible effects of oil and gas operations on communities within these counties.” NZ should follow suit with focus on Taranaki.

Brian Fallow: Curbing emissions is vital – Any delay could make adjustment to a low-carbon economy more costly  (NZ Herald, 17 April) – An interesting read from an economist’s point of view.

California hydraulic fracturing moratorium bill approved by state senate committee  (Hydraulic fracking blog, 16 April)

Gas finds key to methanol peak  (TDN, 16 April)

What to do if oil and gas companies come calling  (Wairarapa Times-Age, 16 April) – Federated Farmers’ reasonable advice

EPA drastically underestimates methane released at drilling sites (Los Angeles Times, 14 April) – This again debunks the notion that natural gas is a clean, transition energy – it is not, because of the huge amount of fugitive gas, none of which is being accounted for here in NZ.

Ohio geologists link small quakes to fracking  (AP, 11 April) – “Under Ohio’s new permit conditions, all new drilling sites within 3 miles of a known fault or seismic activity of 2.0 magnitude or higher will be conditioned on the installation of sensitive seismic-monitoring equipment. Results will be directly available to regulators, Simmers said, so the state isn’t reliant on drilling operators providing the data voluntarily. If seismic activity of 1.0 magnitude or greater is felt, drilling will be paused for evaluation. If a link is found, the operation will be halted.”  No such regulation in NZ.

Greens want ‘land farm’ meat tested for contamination  (TV NZ One News, 11 April) Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye says there is no evidence of any risk, and “Milk testing is a lot quicker, sheep and beef testing would require huge control samples, it would take a lot longer and I think we should only do that if we actually see something showing up in the milk …” In stark contrast, in 2010, Pennsylvanian Agriculture Secretary quarantined 20 cows for 6 months and 8 calves for 2 years after suspected ingestion of drilling waste, for fear of contaminated meat.

DEP issues Chevron nine citations in fatal gas well blast  (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 10 April) – “In addition to the violation for not allowing access, the state cited Chevron for seven violations for failure to operate a well properly and failure to prevent venting of gas, and a violation for a discharge of well production fluids onto the ground.” Yet TRC routinely issues consent for the discharge of “treated produced water” onto land and into tributaries.

Minister didn’t know park was in drilling plan  (3 News, 8 April)

Report shows 61 dangerous petroleum incidents  (3 News, 7 April) – Must watch!

Maps leave pa beset on all sides  (Wanganui Chronicle, 4 April)  – quoted cjt media release on new block offers