MEDIA RELEASE: OMV oil spill – time to plug their well

23/02/2015

“It’s time to plug OMV’s operations after a third oil spill in the Maari field off the Taranaki coast” says Emily Bailey, member of Climate Justice Taranaki.

“According to an OMV estimate, up to 300 litres of oil spilled into the sea on Friday 20 February. While company spin doctors will try and talk this down calling it ‘small’, the US EPA states that 300 litres of oil can contaminate 300 million litres of water, and this near a blue whale breeding ground and in the habitat of the critically endangered Maui’s dolphin.” Read the rest of this entry »


Media release: Taranaki’s first Oil/Gas marine consent – a death knell for marine mammals

14/07/2014

Maui Dolphin IWC protection mining Slooten OMV spill model map correctedAustrian oil giant OMV’s application to drill up to seven new wells from its Maari platform is the first oil/gas marine consent being processed by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) under the EEZ and Continental Shelf Act.

“If approved, the operation will pave the way for more intensified oil and gas drilling offshore, jeopardising the already perilous existence of many of New Zealand’s marine mammals and seabirds”, said Catherine Cheung, Climate Justice Taranaki. Read the rest of this entry »


EPA info session re OMV Maari application, Taranaki – Thur 10 July

08/07/2014
OMV New Zealand Ltd has been drilling in the Maari field 80km off South Taranaki. With the ceasing of the EEZ transitional provisions on 28 June 2014, a marine consent is required for the company to continue drilling past this date. The development drilling will involve drilling up to seven development wells. The EPA info session will cover the marine consent application, submission and hearing process. Meeting and submission details here.

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Media highlights (July 2014)

07/07/2014

Failure to deal with ethics will make climate engineering ‘unviable’  (Guardian, 31 July)

Dolphin’s policy costs ‘billions’  (TDN, 31 July) – more unsubstantiated claims and overestimates of the real worth of Taranaki’s oil and gas industry

Dairy farms rigorously monitored (TDN, 29 July) – “Taranaki Regional Council issued 125 abatement notices in the year 2013/2014 for dairy effluent disposal lapses – the most in the country. … “

Dirty dairying offences declining  (TDN, 28 July)  – “17 regional councils successfully prosecuted 21 dairy effluent offences in the year to July 1, resulting in fines of $847,600…”

Greens campaign on clean seas  (TDN, 27 July) – “National Secretary Joe Fleetwood said there had been 35 “near miss” incidents since the Rena grounding in 2011 and it was only a matter of time before another grounding occurs. … Compulsory shipping lanes were already in place in nations including the UK, Norway and Canada. Measures to ensure the oil industry had to pay for any spills and efforts to improve the capability of Maritime New Zealand were also overdue, he said.

River swimming goal undoable  (TDN, 25 July)  – more spins from TRC although “The Green Party has dismissed the new bottom lines as “weak” and argues the measures mean rivers will only have to be clean enough for wading or boating. ”

Why the next climate treaty is vital for my country to survive  (Guardian, 12 July)

A group representing half a billion Christians says it will no longer support fossil fuels  (Climate Progress, 11 July)

No-go areas for seeking oil/gas  (Gisborne Herald, 5 July)

Anadarko’s drill decision by October (Otago Daily Times, 5 July)

Dead whale washes up on beach  (stuff national, 4 July) – a blue whale on Tapuae Beach, Taranaki

Whales flee from military sonar leading to mass strandings, research shows  (Guardian, 3 July)

Oil exploration in Maui Dolphin Protection Zone  (Scoop Politics, 3 July) – Dr Slooten says that having observers on oil survey vessels are “virtually useless” and do very little to protect whales. “Overseas research has shown that observers on the seismic testing ships only see around ten percent of whales and dolphins in the area. … Seismic survey noise can be heard for at least 80 kilometres, but the observers can see whales and dolphins for only one or two kilometres, and then, only when they surface.”

Greens want landfarm inquiry widened  (Radio NZ, 3 July)

Waste water from energy extraction ‘triggers US quake surge’ (BBC, 3 July)


Media highlights (3-31 Jan 2014)

14/01/2014

Fears fracking will fracture communities  (Radio NZ, 31 Jan) – Listen to more on the fracking issue on Insight at 8.12am on the Sunday Morning programme

Fracking needed to find out if Wairoa’s hiding oil  (Stuff Business, 30 Jan)

The anti-fracking activist barred from 312.5 square miles of Pennsylvania  (Guardian, 29 Jan)  – shocking!

Cuadrilla fracking delays over radioactive waste water  (BBC, 27 Jan) – “Flowback water is now classed as radioactive waste following European regulations… We need a radioactive substances permit to flow test any well after fracturing…”

Fracking could be allowed under homes with owners’ permission (Telegraph, 26 Jan)

Radioactive waste dumped by oil companies is seeping out of the ground in North Dakota  (Alter Net, 24 Jan)

Calls for more seismic testing research after whale strandings  (TV One News, 24 Jan)

Second day of Anadarko oil protest  (Dominian Post, 24 Jan)

Labour will honour deep-sea drilling agreements (TV 3 News, 22 Jan)

Are you opposed to fracking? Then you might just be a terrorist  (Guardian, 21 Jan) – Must read: “From North America to Europe, the twin spectres of “terrorism” and “extremism” are being disingenuously deployed by an ever more centralised nexus of corporate, state and intelligence power, to suppress widening public opposition to that very process of unaccountable centralisation….”

Anne Salmond:  Treat rivers as taonga, not toilets  (NZ Herald, 21 Jan)

Tag given consent to drill 6 wells  (TDN, 20 Jan 2014)

Matuku-1 News Release  (NZOG, 20 Jan 2014) – re seismic survey off SW Taranaki

50 pilot whales refloated, 12 dead, after mass stranding  (Wellington Scoop, 19 Jan 2014)

Gary Taylor: Secretive regime on drilling dangerous  (NZ Herald, 13 Jan 2014)

Failed doubters trust leaves tax payers at loss  (Dominion Post, 12 Jan)

Noisy oil protest at Tag Oil offices  (TDN, 10 Jan 2014)

Protestors jeer oil boss (TV One News, 10 Jan 2014)

4 states confirm water pollution from drilling (USA Today, 5 Jan)

South Island seismic survey finished  (Stuff Business, 3 Jan)


Oil spill model for NZ

23/10/2013

Drilling rights in the ocean surrounding New Zealand are being sold off to big oil companies. Texan oil company Anadarko is set to begin deep sea exploratory drilling this summer off the Taranaki and Otago coasts. Greenpeace has released a scientific report modelling oil spills. You can read the full report here and check out the website here.


Media highlights (1-15 March 2013)

04/03/2013

Opponents slam hush around oil / gas probe (Manawatu Standard, 12 March)

Report backs drilling  (TDN, 11 March)

Continued drought support unsustainable  (Stuff Business, 11 March)

Oil and gas could transform the East Coast – report  (NZ Herald, 7 March)

Study shows coal seam gas fields leaking at greater rates (ABC News, 7 March)

Anger over oil bubbles to surface (TDN, 7 March)

Huge job boost when plant reopens (TDN, 7 March)

NZ unprepared for deep water oil spill – Greens (Stuff politics, 4 March)