What has climate change got to do with Anthrax, human rights or New Zealand?

03/08/2016
Yamal herders crater Philippines Haiyan Urenui erosion combined

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Who would have thought climate change could have brought on an anthrax outbreak? Yet that’s exactly what’s happened. This week, a young boy in the Yamal Peninsula of Russia died and many herders were sent for hospital checks, the culprit being that an anthrax outbreak broke loose from the thawing of an infected reindeer (or possibly human) corpse. Read the rest of this entry »


Stat Oil Secret Meetings with Iwi Exposed

27/08/2015

Stop Statoil

Norwegian oil company has been meeting secretly with hapu leaders, as part of their divide-and-conquer strategy, despite Norwegian government’s strict rules on indigenous engagement. Greenpeace campaigner Mike Smith explained,  “You don’t go consulting with iwi by going around picking off individuals, meeting with them on the quiet, that’s not how we do it! … They are desperate to get social license signed off from the people up north…”    Read the rest of this entry »


Bad news: 17-31 December 2014

22/12/2014

EPA granted marine consent to OMV for it’s development drilling at Maari oil field (EPA website) – submitters have until 28 Jan to file an appeal – CJT’s earlier posting on the OMV application here. And there are other oppositions, listen to Angeline Greensill speaking on Nga Hapu o te Uru customary fishing forum’s objection to EPA’s decision and OMV’s non-compliance under the EEZ Act (Radio NZ, 23 Dec)

Families forced to flee their homes from out-of-control leak at fracking well (EcoWatch, 17 Dec) – in Ohio, USA


Media highlights: November 2014

12/11/2014

Council fined $115k over Eltham stink (Radio NZ, 24 Nov) – An example of just how closely linked industrial farming and the fossil fuel industry are, and the huge waste issues involved…

Rivals at odds over oil, gas potential (TDN, 24 Nov) – EPMU Taranaki organiser Ross Henderson said drilling wasn’t going to improve the job situation; oil companies had to find something.  The next 12 months were going to be tough and whether people would still have their jobs at the end of the year remained to be seen, he said. “The exploration programme is hit or miss.”

More seabed opened up for drilling  (Northland Age, 18 Nov) Mayor puts lid on fears of oil spills off Tararua  (Manuwatu Standard, 17 Nov) – Details on Petroleum Block Offers 2015 Consultation on NZPAM website Read the rest of this entry »


CJT asks EPA to decline OMV’s marine consent applicaion

06/11/2014

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The Environment Protection Authority came to Taranaki today to listen to community voices opposed to OMV’s marine consent application to drill seven new wells in its Maari oil field. Several Climate Justice Taranaki members addressed the five-person strong Decision Making Committee.  Urs Signer made quite an impression by pulling out the “elephant in the room” – climate change while Catherine Cheung went into the detailed reasoning for our opposition, notably the threats to the Maui’s Dolphin and cumulative effects. Here is her written statement.

The hearing started at 9.30am and finished at about 1pm. A full transcript should be available in coming days on the EPA
website.

Media coverage:  Consent opponents condemn toxic waste  (TDN, 7 Nov 2014)


Prosecute Shell for drilling illegally off Taranaki

25/10/2014

What shocking news!  Oil giant Shell has been caught drilling two wells offshore without a marine consent, blatantly breaching NZ’s EEZ Act! Read the rest of this entry »


Media Highlights: August 2014

04/08/2014

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 »