Resource Management Amendment Bill- Have your say by Thur 7 Nov

05/11/2019

Here’s our chance to tell the government how to fix the RMA. We have these 4 key points:

  1. Climate change is a matter of national importance and must be at the core of every resource based decision. Add “the protection of our life-supporting climate and climate change mitigation and adaptation” to section 6 of the Resource Management Act 1991.
  2. Councils and consent authorities must consider the effects on climate change of greenhouse gas discharge into the air when making rules and assessing consent applications. Sections 70A and 104E of the RMA currently forbid this. They should be either repealed entirely, or revised while keeping the ability of councils and consent authorities to consider “the extent that the use and development of renewable energy enables a reduction in the discharge into air of greenhouse gases…”
  3. The Zero Carbon Bill seeks to set emissions budgets and reduction plans to help limit global average temperature increase to 1.5o Celsius above pre-industrial levels. To make this happen, sections 68 and 76 of the RMA need to be expanded to require regional and district rules to take into account emissions targets, plans and budgets.
  4. To reduce barriers against tree protection, repeal sections 76(4A) to (4D) of the RMA concerning district rules.

Make your submission to the Parliamentary Environment Committee by this Thur 4 Nov online.


Zero Carbon Bill submission by Tue 16 July

13/07/2019

This is a very important piece of legislation currently being considered in Parliament. Please take time to have your say.  Here are our key points:

  1. We support limiting the global average temperature increase to 1.5o Celsius above pre-industrial levels as the aspirational goal, with setting up an overarching legislative framework for clear and ambitious New Zealand climate policies as the purpose of the Bill.
  2. The Bill should be a stand-alone and over-riding piece of legislation that governs every decision with implications on emissions and climate.
  3. The Bill must properly honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  4. The target for New Zealand to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 is too far away. It should be 2040.
  5. The targets for biogenic methane emissions by 2030 and 2050 are too weak. They need to be much more ambitious to enable rapid transition to net zero emission agriculture.
  6. Carbon offset needs to be capped, e.g. to 30% of total emissions.
  7. The 2050 target and emissions budgets must be enforceable.
  8. Climate change risk assessments and adaptation need to occur at all levels, with resources provided to regional and local authorities for effective implementation of adaptation plans.

Here’s our full submission.

Submission closed Tue 16 July.  Details on Parliament website.

 


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. Read the rest of this entry »


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.

 

 

 


Fewer cows, cleaner water & safer climate

28/04/2017

Today we told the government what we think about its ‘Clean Water‘ document:

  • Rivers that are ‘suitable for swimming more than 80% of the time‘ are not swimmable
  • The shift of E.coli guideline to 540 per 100 mls is unacceptable
  • All rivers and lakes where communities use or seek to use for recreation should be included for improvement, not just ‘large’ ones
  • Residues of pesticides and hydrocarbons need to be included as additional attributes for determining ecological and human health risks of waterways
  • The life-supporting capacity of our waterways and the rights of communities and future generations to adequate and clean water must not be compromised by so-called economic arguments
  • National bottom lines for freshwater must not be breached because of polluting infrastructure
  • Support, not penalize, tangata whenua efforts in protecting the health of our waterways
  • Exclude stock from waterways, reduce stock number and halt further dairy conversion for the sake of clean water, ecosystem health and livable climate
  • Honour Te Mana o te Wai and invest in responsible and sustainable alternatives

Read our submission here with the case of the Waitara River.

Waitara warning signs combined April 2017 Janice Liddle

Photos courtesy of Friends of the Waitara River, April 2017

 


Oil and gas exploration and extraction are important to our social, economic and cultural well-being, says Taranaki Regional Council

17/11/2016

draft-coastal-plan-coverWe cannot accept this statement, can you?

While a few may benefit financially from the oil and gas industry, local communities surrounded by oil and gas drilling, fracking, extraction and deepwell injection suffer as future generations are being robbed of a benign climate to live in. Yet council wants recognition for the industry as a policy in the Draft Coastal Plan for Taranaki (Policy 5b, Rules 11, 25-29).

The Draft Plan also proposes to allow the continuation of sewage (Rules 6 & 7) and industrial (Rules 12 & 13) discharge into our marine environment, despite the risks to human and environmental health and breaches on Maori rights (Wai-6).

If you don’t agree with what’s in the draft plan, then tell council. Use council’s online feedback form. You have until Friday 18 November 2016. The plan and associated documents are here.

Read CJT’s feedback to council here.


CJT Spoke on Resource Legislation Amendment

26/05/2016

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.

Read the rest of this entry »