Press release: OMV plans to drill 12 offshore wells non-notified

02/07/2018

OMV drilling map in discharge consent IA 2018

Climate Justice Taranaki wants the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to hold public hearings on OMV’s exploratory drilling consent application and jointly process it with all related applications.

OMV plans to drill 12 offshore wells across six licensed areas in the Taranaki Basin. Because the wells are of exploratory and appraisal nature, the marine consent application for the drilling will not be notified and there will be no opportunity for public submissions.

The EPA has however notified the public of OMV’s application to discharge harmful substances from the deck drains of a yet to be identified drilling rig. Public submissions close on the 9th July.

We are asking EPA to defer the processing of the discharge consent so that it can be assessed jointly with the drilling and other related applications.  It is impossible to assess the cumulative effects of all the drilling and discharge activities on the environment, marine species, human health and existing interests, if the applications are dealt with separately. The law requires consideration of cumulative effects and allows for joint processing of related applications,” said Catherine Cheung of Climate Justice Taranaki.

We are not talking about one of two wells. We are talking about the risks and potentially disastrous consequence from drilling 12 wells and from the discharge of undetermined quantities of undisclosed harmful substances at sea.  Only one of the 12 wells will be drilled in a known, producing field, the Maari,” Cheung emphasized.

International experience has demonstrated that there can be devastating environmental and socio-economic impacts across huge areas from exploratory drilling. New Zealand does not have sufficient on-site resources to cope rapidly with a major incident, which could impact much of the west coast of the North Island and the top of the South Island, encompassing globally significant marine mammal and seabird habitats,” said Dr Lyndon DeVantier of Climate Justice Taranaki.

The EEZ and Continental Shelf Act section 44 allows EPA to extend the time period to enable joint processing and decision-making of related applications. Section 50(2) and Schedule 2 allow EPA to conduct hearings of applications for non-notified activities in public, if it ‘considers it necessary or desirable’.  We certainly think it is necessary, given the scale and significance of the applications,” concluded Cheung.

Source of map: SLR Consulting, March 2018. OMV NZ Ltd. Marine Discharge Consent Application – Deck drainage, Taranaki Basin.

Media coverage:

No hearing for offshore wells, Waatea News, 2 July 2018

Climate Justice Taranaki seeks changes to oil and gas consent application process, Taranaki Daily News, 3 July 2018

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99% chance of oil over Marine Mammal Sanctuary if there’s a well blow-out

14/06/2018

Collage Tui Spill Time AnnexF MM sanctuary IA102

Both the South Taranaki shoreline and Marine Mammal Sanctuary had a 99% probability of being exposed to visible floating oil…” according to Tamarind’s modelling of a hypothetical 45-day subsea release of 356,780 bbl of Tui Crude, following a loss of well control at the Amokura-2H well over February to May.

Although Tamarind considers a major incident to be ‘unlikely’ or ‘extremely unlikely’, the consequence on the marine environment would be devastating if it happens. No marine sanctuary could protect our critically endangered Maui’s dolphin, Blue whale (now found to be genetically distinct), Sperm whale and other marine creatures from an oil spill.

Please spare a minute and tell EPA if you don’t want Tamarind to drill more oil wells and discharge harmful substances off the Taranaki coast. Here’s an on-line submission form we’ve prepared to help you do that, or you can go directly to EPA website. Submissions close on Monday 18 June 2018.

With increasing climate disruptions, aging infrastructure and the intensification of activities: more drilling, seismic surveys, fishing, maritime transport, potential seabed mining and other industries in and around the area, the likelihood of accidents and the resulting harm will escalate and become increasingly unmanageable.

Human activities globally have caused rapid changes in sea temperatures and ocean chemistry with cascading effects on foodwebs. Parts of the Tasman Sea have experienced extremely elevated sea temperatures over the past three summers, threatening marine foodwebs and fisheries.

Society’s addiction on fossil fuels for energy, transport, agriculture and luxury goods is risking our own life-support system.

Graphics from Tamarind Impact Assessment Annex F. Oil Spill Modeeling

Here’s CJT’s submission to EPA.

 

 

 


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.

Read the rest of this entry »


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)