Good news for the sea – mining consent refused

11/02/2015

“We are relieved thacprt the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has refused an application by Chatham Rock Phosphate Limited (CRP) for a marine consent to mine phosphorite nodules on the Chatham Rise” says member of Climate Justice Taranaki and submitter Urs Signer. Read the rest of this entry »


Three wins for the environment ahead of Christmas

13/12/2014

Court overturns Ruataniwha dam decision, backs green groups (TVNZ One News, 12 Dec)

Rejected iron sands mining company considers fresh bid (NZ Herald, 13 Dec) – Trans Tasman Resources (TTR)  “…has abandoned a High Court appeal against a decision rejecting its application to mine up to 50 million tonnes of black sand off the West Coast seabed.”  Well done KASM and all those who have spoken against the mining proposal!

Cuomo bans fracking in New York State (EcoWatch, 17 Dec)

Government sticks head in sand (TDN, 18 Dec) – while not strictly a win, such a critical editorial in Taranaki would not have been imaginable a year ago, is the tide turning?


MEDIA RELEASE: Celebrating EPA decision

18/06/2014

mining-protest“We are absolutely thrilled that the Environmental Protection Agency made the right decision and declined Trans-Tasman Resources’ marine consent application to mine the South Taranaki Bight for iron ore” says Urs Signer, member of Climate Justice Taranaki. Read the rest of this entry »


Media highlights (23-30 April 2014)

01/05/2014

US EPA study may soon impact fracking litigation  (Oil and Gas Investor, 30 April)  – “The study’s primary research questions focus on the following five stages of the “hydraulic fracturing water cycle” to evaluate potential impacts on the quality and quantity of drinking water…”

With no health registry, PA [Pennsylvania] doesn’t know the impact of fracking on health  (Public Source, 30 April)  -“Health departments in both New York and Maryland, which also lie atop the Marcellus Shale, are working on health studies. Those studies are funded by their respective state governments and their governors have refused to allow fracking until the studies are complete….While there is no state-funded health research of shale operations in Pennsylvania, there are some hospital initiatives, academic projects and smaller, community-centered health projects in the works….”

Le canton de Neuchatel vote un moratoire sur les forages d’hydrocarbures  (RTS, 30 April) The parliament of the district of Neuchatel (Switzerland) voted in favour of a 10 year drilling moratorium! British company Celtique Energie has wanted to start fracking in the Val-de-Travers. After a petition with over 10,000 signatures, the MPs voted 73 to 35 in favour of a moratorium.

Oil secrets stolen (TDN, 30 April)  – “Earlier this month, Cadenhead told the judge-only trial in the New Plymouth District Court that Watchorn deliberately targeted and downloaded seismic and geotechnical information from Tag’s server which revealed the highly successful methods used by his company to find oil and gas in Taranaki.”  Assuming such secrecy also bars governments from access to such information, how can regulators scrutinize the industry?

Close-up view of seabed mining hearings  (TDN, 29 April)

In landmark ruling, Jury says fracking company must pay $3 million to sickened family  (Think Progress, 23 April)

Work at wells pause  (TDN, 23 April) – “According to an Origin Energy spokesman, production at the company’s Rimu, Kauri and Manutahi well sites was suspended two weeks ago as part of a routine operational review. “


Media release: 99.5% of submissions oppose iron sand mining

06/03/2014

mining-protest“Of the 4706 submissions the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) received on Trans-Tasman Resources’ (TTR) plans to mine iron sand off the Taranaki coast, a staggering 99.5% of submitters opposed the application! Read the rest of this entry »


Council Candidates Questionnaire Responses

21/09/2013

Our councils hold a lot of power when it comes to deciding things like river protection, fossil fuel extraction and the sustainable (or not) future of our region. To help Taranaki residents decide who to vote for, we asked our 107 district and regional council candidates (less 3 who didn’t have email addresses) to answer 12 short questions. Many did not respond but those who did had very interesting answers which are encouraging to read. We would like to thank the 19 candidates who took the time to respond. Below are their quick responses to the first 7 questions. Long answers to all the 12 questions can be found in the PDF document at the bottom of this post.

New Plymouth District Council

NPDC Quick

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MEDIA RELEASE: Iron Sand Mining Permit Will Be Opposed By Local Communities

31/07/2013

url“We will join forces with other community groups in our region to protect the sea from Trans Tasman Resources’ plans to start seabed mining in South Taranaki” states Climate Justice Taranaki.

Last Friday, TTR announced they had submitted a mining permit application under the Crown Minerals Act with New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals to extract iron sands in an area covering 65.76 km2 within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off the coast of Patea.

“Seabed mining has serious impacts on the environment. Just like with the oil and gas industry, mining companies make big money from ‘extracting’ mineral resources with little or no consideration for the ocean, marine species and fisherfolk. All they care about is their profit margin.”

“There are plenty of local voices already in South Taranaki speaking out against these activities. TTR does not have a social licence to operate in this region. At a public meeting in Patea last month, local resident Willy Harris said TTR’s proposal offered no economic or environmental benefits for his community. ‘It’s just another form of rape and pillage.’ Fellow resident Tennille Snooks said the town was beginning to educate itself on the proposal and they were ready to fight it all the way.”

“Unfortunately, the government seems dead-keen on turning New Zealand into one giant coal, gold, mineral and ironsand mine and into an even bigger oil and gas rig. However, opposition to these plans are growing in every corner of the country: from Puhipuhi to Coromandel, from Raglan to Patea, from Tikorangi to Cheal, from the Raukumara Basin to Porangahau, from the Denniston Plateau to Mataura!”

“We want a future based on sustainability and justice!”