Press release: EPA denies Climate Justice Official Information Request

07/11/2018

Tamarind Umuroa Tui field Energyglobalnews

Climate Justice Taranaki has been denied information regarding legal advice sought by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). The advice concerned processing of OMV’s consent applications for its oil drilling programme in the Taranaki Basin.

“At the EPA hearing on OMV’s marine discharge consent application in September, we argued that the application should be jointly processed with all other applications associated with the drilling programme. We asked that legal advice be sought on this matter. Subsequent to the granting of the consent on the 4th October, we wrote to EPA, requesting clarifications and documents relating to any legal advice that EPA might have received. A month later, EPA replied, confirming that there had been legal advice but the relevant documents would be withheld ‘in order to maintain legal professional privilege’. We feel this is not natural justice,” said Catherine Cheung, Researcher of Climate Justice Taranaki.

Tomorrow we will be holding a protest at the Quality Hotel Plymouth International where EPA will hear Tamarind Taranaki Limited’s drilling and discharge consent applications. While Tamarind’s proposed activities are publicly notified, OMV’s application to drill 12 new exploratory/appraisal wells across six licensed areas in the Taranaki Basin is non-notified. According to the Crown Minerals Act, if OMV finds any viable oil and gas, mining licenses spanning decades will be granted. All this is allowed to happen behind closed doors. What about transparency and democracy?” asked Cheung.

“A vast majority of the 6539 submitters on the Crown Minerals Amendment Bill supports the Bill and wants it strengthened, by putting an end to all new and existing oil and gas exploration and mining, on and offshore. The overriding message is loud and clear: Real action to cut greenhouse gas emissions is long overdue.  Time is running out.  We cannot say that climate change is our nuclear free moment while allowing companies to extract more fossil fuels. Climate inaction is not only costly, but constitutes moral negligence,” added Cheung.

“The legislation is full of loop-holes and biased in favour of the industry.  The EEZ Act explicitly excludes consideration of emissions on climate change.  This is crazy, at a time when climate disruptions are threatening our very existence.  We challenge the EPA over its petroleum consenting process which appears to be little more than a tick box exercise,” said Emily Bailey, Spokesperson of Climate Justice Taranaki.

“Fossil fuel companies have no social license to operate here or anywhere.  They are recalcitrant climate polluters, wrecking our life support system.  They cause havoc in rural farming communities, drive social inequality and damage our local environments. They even fuel conflicts and wars.  We want them gone,” concluded Bailey.­

Photo source: Global Energy News

Download slides presented by Dr L DeVantier and CJT at the EPA Tamarind hearing.

Media:

Activists oppose Tui oil field expansion with toasts and song, ShareChat, 8/11/18

Proposed development would extend life of Tui oil field operator, RNZ, 6/11/18

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MEDIA RELEASE: Taranaki people headed for Petroleum Conference blockade

22/03/2018

“Taranaki people, residents and whānau with concerns for our global climate are travelling to Wellington next week to participate in the Rally for Climate Justice and the blockade of the annual Petroleum Conference” says Urs Signer, member of Climate Justice Taranaki.

“Last year, 200 people successfully blockaded and delayed the Petroleum
Conference for several hours when it was held in New Plymouth. Since
then, opposition to further fossil fuel extraction has grown hugely
across Aotearoa. We all know that coal, oil and gas needs to stay in the
ground to avoid catastrophic climate change.”

PM Jacinda Ardern has asked for more time to figure out what to do with
the oil and gas exploration block offers. It really isn’t that
difficult. If this is our nuclear free moment, then an end to fossil
fuel extraction is the only path forward.”

“To create a socially just and ecologically sustainable society is not
an easy task but the time for waiting is well and truly over. It’s time
for community action: together we will shut down the Petroleum
Conference; together we will bring an end to the fossil fuel extracting
industry; together we will ensure that the earth we are borrowing from
future generations has an intact climate and strong and healthy
communities” concludes Urs Signer.

More information about the Rally for Climate Justice and blockade can be
found here https://www.rallyforclimatejustice.nz/

Media coverage: Petroleum protester plan to attend the country’s biggest oil and gas conference in Wellington, TDN 22 March 2018

Anti-oil protest heads to NZ Petroleum Conference, Te Karere TVNZ, 26 March 2018

Protests at the New Zealand Petroleum Conference, RNZ, 26 March 2018


Photos from the Rally on the Water

30/01/2018

Here are some photos from the protest in New Plymouth against the seismic survey, held on 30th December 2017.


Groups ready to disrupt oil summit in New Plymouth

20/03/2017

PRESS RELEASE FROM PEOPLE’S CLIMATE RALLY COALITION, 20 MARCH 2017

rally poster vlrPeople from all over Aotearoa are gathering in Taranaki from Tuesday to begin The People’s Climate Rally, which aims to blockade the NZ Petroleum Conference at the TSB Showplace.

The annual oil conference has been moved to Taranaki after previously facing escalating protests in Wellington and Auckland, including thousands taking to the streets, and crowds blockading last year’s SkyCity venue.

At the conference this year, the Government will be announcing the 2017 Block Offer for gas and oil exploration.

The People’s Climate Rally spokesperson, Emily Tuhi-Ao Bailey, says the protests will highlight what is going on behind closed doors.

Over half a million square kilometres of land and sea have been put up for grabs for these destructive industries to survey, drill, extract and dump toxic waste into so they can produce materials that are killing the planet,” she says.

Government and corporations have been driving us down a short-term path of resource extraction that benefits the rich while destroying the planet and community. Oil was first drilled here in the 1860s after the land wars began. We have a history of resisting colonisation here in Taranaki, and these oil and gas companies, like their predecessors, will continue to be resisted. Read the rest of this entry »


Join us this March in Taranaki

11/03/2017

Frack Off show poster 5 to 26 march 2017 opening 5march 3pm

rally poster vlrMarch 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting month for us here in Taranaki!

From 5-26th March is the Frack Off Exhibition, featuring a diversity of local artists’ and writers at the JD Reid Gallery. You can have a glimpse here, and check out their ‘Now we’re talking program‘.

From 21-23rd March, CJT and other members of a growing coalition will be holding the People’s Climate Rally in New Plymouth.

On Tuesday 21 March, we start with a powhiri and Non-violent Direct Action training at 2 pm at Owae Marae in Waitara.

On Wednesday 22 March, we begin our rally at 8 am at the Clock Tower on Devon Street, with musicians and speakers on climate change, fossil fuel extraction and social justice. The Government will release the 2017 Block Offer for oil and gas exploration at the TSB Showplace, venue of the 2017 Petroleum Conference, on this day. Over half a million square kilometres of our land and sea have been proposed for release, including part of the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary designated for the critically endangered Maui’s Dolphin.

Thursday 23 March is a Day of Solutions, starting at 10.30am at the Senior Citizens Association on Liardet street. There will be talks and workshops with author Terrence Loomis, Al Yates of Ecotricity, Jeannette Fitzsimons, TeAnau Tuiono and other sustainability advocates; and demonstration of electric vehicles. There will also be a public forum on Just Transition off Fossil Fuels’, with experts on renewable energy, union organising, sustainable agriculture and education. All are welcome. Bring your friends, families, your electric bike, and spread the word!

If you can assist in any way, e.g. help with food, transport people around, manage crowds, photograph, film, blog or tweet about the event, or contribute financially, give us a yell. We need you all to make this event a success!

Details and registration on People’s Climate Rally website. Follow this facebook for updates.


Signing away our future?

29/01/2016

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The TPPA would limit governments’ ability to innovate and address deeply entrenched inequalities in health, education and income, and exacerbate rapidly escalating problems such as environmental degradation and climate change...” Coates, et al. 2016 Read the rest of this entry »


TPPA Action Week 8-15 August / New Plymouth this Sat 15th

08/08/2015

TPPA Aotearoa not for saleUnder the TPPA – Trans-Pacific Partnerships Agreement, big overseas companies will be able to sue the New Zealand government for millions in damages in secretive offshore tribunals, claiming that new laws and regulations have seriously undermined the value of their investments.”The implications of investor state litigation against New Zealand will be far-reaching, unpredictable, unaffordable and inconsistent with public health objectives...” said Public Health Association Chief Executive Warren Lindberg. Read the rest of this entry »