Press release: District Council must protect our drinking water


At today’s public hearings on the Proposed South Taranaki District Plan, Climate Justice Taranaki argued that avoiding adverse effects on human drinking water sources must be added to the district plan.

Under the proposed plan, the district council is not required to assess explicitly the potential adverse effects on drinking water sources, when considering resource consents. This is just not good enough. All water supplies, whether they’re for rural or urban communities, should be protected,” said Catherine Cheung of Climate Justice Taranaki.

This issue was first raised by Taranaki District Health Board (TDHB) in their submission on the proposed plan. The DHB also recommended that Schedule 5 on Significant Waterbodies be amended, to specifically ensure the provision and protection of human drinking water sources. Under the Health Act and the National Environmental Standards on Sources of Human Drinking Water, council, being the district’s main drinking-water supplier, has the responsibility to protect our drinking water sources.

Our group fully supports the DHB’s recommendations. We were shocked when we read that both recommendations were rejected in Council Officers’ report,” continued Cheung.

Climate Justice Taranaki will be speaking again at subsequent hearing sessions concerning hazardous substances, energy and other issues, in late June.

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Read our hearings statement here.

Media coverage: Opunake and Coastal News, 17 June 2016 page 7

See maps of South Taranaki’s water supplies below, from South Taranaki Water Supply Monitoring Programme Annual Report 2014-2015.

South Taranaki Water Supply north TRC 1604836

South Taranaki Water Supply south TRC 1604836

CJT Spoke on Resource Legislation Amendment


Flare Mangahewa E climate change collage

This morning, members from Climate Justice Taranaki spoke to the Local Government and Environment Select Committee on the government’s proposed Resource Legislation Amendment Bill. The four key points were:

  1. The effects on CLIMATE CHANGE must be at the heart of every resource management decision, if the goal is to truly manage natural resources sustainably and protect our natural environment. Currently, the RMA and EEZ Act prohibit councils and the EPA  from considering the effects of activities on climate change. CJT urge that these be amended, as the government has a legal obligation and duty of care to protect its citizens from climate change.
  2. The proposed Bill takes away councils’ function in preventing and mitigating any adverse effects of the storage, use, disposal or transportation of HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES. This is an extremely dangerous proposition as it eliminates what could protect local communities from  well blow-out, gas clouds and other harmful accidents associated with the fossil fuel and other heavy industries.
  3. Fracking is known to contaminate water, soil, cause serious health effects, induce earthquakes and exacerbates climate change. CJT urge for a nationwide ban on FRACKING and a halt on all fossil fuel exploration.
  4. The proposed Bill erodes ENVIRONMENTAL BOTTOM LINES, dis-empowers the public and threatens democratic processes when it should be strengthening environmental protection and ensuring resource sustainability and public rights in decision making.

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MEDIA RELEASE: The tide is turning – Frack Free Communities springing up


The public is fast awakening to just how risky and damaging fracking (hydraulic fracturing) and the discharge of fracking associated wastes is to our land, water, human and animal health. They want fracking out! Read the rest of this entry »

News Headlines (1-10 March, 2012)


Heatley to tout NZ at world energy forum  (March 10, NZ)

ODNR: Injection well caused Youngstown quakes  (March 9, USA)

Guns out for frack report  (March 9, NZ)

Fracking planned for Taranaki  (March 8, NZ)

Study suggests hydrofracking is killing farm animals, pets  (March 7, USA) – must read!

Fracking opposition uninformed, say council staff  (March 6, NZ)

National coal seam gas agreement an important step to water protection  (March 5, Australia)

Time to move on? It’s time for some facts  (March 5, NZ) – must read!

Coal exporter in for long haul  (March 5, NZ)

Hunt for oil, gas set to intensify  (March 3, NZ)

Personal attacks under fire  (March 2, NZ)

Fracking opponents urge moratorium (March 1, NZ)

News Headline (1-15 November 2011)


Controversial site given green light (Nov 12, NZ)

Oil drilling opponents speak out (Nov 9, NZ) video must watch!

World headed for irreversible climate change in five years, IEA warns (Nov 9, UK)

Little gets behind Taranaki fracking (Nov 5, NZ)

Fracking a cause for concern – Labour (Nov 3, NZ)

Exclusive: Fracking company – we caused 50 earthquakes in Blackpool – but we’re not going to stop (Nov 3, UK)

MEDIA RELEASE: Was or is Taranaki fracking illegal?


A recent Official Information Act request by local group Climate Justice Taranaki (CJT) reveals that fracking and drilling now suddenly need a consent from the Taranaki Regional Council under the Resource Management Act (RMA). The climate group is investigating whether all the fracking and drilling of recent years therefore took place illegally. Read the rest of this entry »