MEDIA RELEASE: Seismic survey monster not welcome in Taranaki waters

17/11/2017

Antarctica-Sea-Ice-Melting-NEWSHUB-1120 Nov monthly sea ice extent since 1978plus CO2 emissions fossil fuel

“The seismic survey monster boat ‘Amazon Warrior’ is not welcome in Taranaki waters” says Emily Bailey, spokesperson for the community group Climate Justice Taranaki.

The 125 metre long ship is currently on its way to Aotearoa, having left South Korea earlier in the month.

“The boat is returning to Aotearoa to conduct a 3D seismic survey for Schlumberger, a multinational oil and gas giant. While we probably won’t get to see the boat, it is of huge concern to our beaches, the marine life, all the whales and of course our climate. Scientists have just warned that the unprecedented ice melt in the Antarctic could be the tipping point, disrupting global and New Zealand climate. It is time the government step in and stop this madness of allowing profit-driven companies to continue causing havoc.”

“The offshore permit, still under evaluation, which covers over 18,000 square kilometres of ocean (that’s 2.5 times as big as the Taranaki region), is exactly where a blue whale feeding and nursing ground was discovered. Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage, recently confirmed that ‘one of the goals in the Green Party’s confidence and supply agreement with Labour was to look at establishing a Taranaki blue whale sanctuary.’ We challenge the new government to do just that and as a first step, stop this seismic survey ship and deny granting Schlumberger’s permit.”

“In order to create a just ecologically sustainable future, we all know we need to transition away from fossil fuels. The time for action on the frontlines of climate change is now” concludes Emily Bailey.

 

Graph source (left): Newshub in ‘Daunting’ Antarctic sea ice plummet could be tipping point

Graph source (right): Global Carbon Project in Bad News: Global carbon emissions have suddenly started risen again (New Scientist 13 Nov 2017)

 

Media coverage: Greenpeace issues warning to seismic survey ship (Radio NZ, 19 Nov 17)

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Jeanette Wilson is unhappy that  STOS didn't asked for her permission, as well as her partner's, to carry out  seismic ...

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Oil application report kept secret  (Radio NZ, 14 Feb) – Listen to Sarah Roberts

Tuna hearts ‘affected by oil spills  (BBC, 14 Feb) – Read abstract of the paper in Science by Brette et al. (2014)

Experts hope to solve orca mystery  (Southland Times, 14 Feb)

Did quakes cause orca stranding?  (stuff, 13 Feb)

TRC cracking down hard on landfarm  (TDN, 12 Feb) – Read monitoring report on the Remediation NZ landfarm (2012-2013)

Otago community sets sail in protest of deepsea drilling (Oilfree Otago press release, 7 Feb 2014)

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Anadarko: Oil find ‘not commercially viable‘  (3 News, 4 Feb)

Fracking, fuels and friction  (Insight on Radio NZ, 2 Feb) – must listen

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

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

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

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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)

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