380+ submissions against Shell-Todd offshore drilling

25/02/2015

?????????????????Over 380 people have made a submission against Shell-Todd’s marine consent application to drill 22 new side-tracked wells and continue gas extraction and production for another 35 years off the Taranaki coast. It was just awesome to watch all the submissions come in, particularly in the last few hours before closing time when we had several submissions per minute flying across the globe. Climate Justice Taranaki made a 30-page submission. Support by donations and other means will help us a great deal in the upcoming fight. Read the rest of this entry »

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MEDIA RELEASE: OMV oil spill – time to plug their well

23/02/2015

“It’s time to plug OMV’s operations after a third oil spill in the Maari field off the Taranaki coast” says Emily Bailey, member of Climate Justice Taranaki.

“According to an OMV estimate, up to 300 litres of oil spilled into the sea on Friday 20 February. While company spin doctors will try and talk this down calling it ‘small’, the US EPA states that 300 litres of oil can contaminate 300 million litres of water, and this near a blue whale breeding ground and in the habitat of the critically endangered Maui’s dolphin.” Read the rest of this entry »


Media highlights (1-31 May 2014)

06/05/2014

Taranaki oil wells declining  (stuff business, 31 May) – “Production by Canadian-based oil company New Zealand Energy Corp has fallen in the past year as the amount of oil from some Taranaki wells declines….”

Tag Oil tracking well in East Coast  (Hawkes Bay Today, 27 May)

Tag to drill for oil close to school  (TDN, 27 May)

Taranaki primary school worried about nearby oil exploration  (Radio NZ, 26 May) – Listen to this!

Gas project firing up  (TDN, 19 May) – “The deal, struck in 2012, meant Todd Energy could build the facility which would allow it to supply Methanex with gas, in turn allowing the Canadian methanol producer to restart the second manufacturing plant at its Motunui facility and its smaller Waitara Valley plant. The deal was good news for Port Taranaki and its owner the Taranaki Regional Council….”

Automated rig joins search for Maui gas  (TDN, 19 May) – “The first sidetrack well was an extended reach well – 5000m from the Maui A platform and 6000m in length – the longest ever drilled from the platform. Because of the length of the well, aluminium pipe had been used instead of traditional steel… ”

Metgasco’s Bentley gas drilling suspended, referred to ICAC  (Sydney Morning Herald, 15 May)

We’re Not Banking on Cleantech (Oil Free Wellington) – response to the Green Party’s ‘Green Investment Bank’

Control methane now, greenhouse gas expert warns  (Science Daily, 14 May)

Otago takes ethical stance on climate (Radio NZ, 14 May) – “The Dunedin City Council has decided to dump about $2 million worth of investments in the oil industry because of concerns over the potential effects on climate change.”  What an enlightened council!  Let’s write to our various councils and ask that they follow Otago’s step away from fossil fuel investments. New Plymouth District Council is currently running a community engagement programme “Shaping our future together” – a good channel to talk to the major about ethical investment and other issues.

Woman challenges council on oil and gas (TDN, 8 May)  – Oil Free Otago mentioned

Tag lines up Gisborne well (Stuff Business, 7 May)

Council adopts annual plan, rates rise set (TDN, 6 May) – CJT mentioned

Mayor wants economic benefits if mining starts (TDN, 1 May) – “Environmental activist Urs Signer said it saddened him the region was again being used for a quick buck with no benefits. He wanted economic development based on justice not destruction, he said.”


Media highlights: 16-31 March 2014

22/03/2014

Wayne Brittenden’s counterpoint (NZ Radio, 30 March) – re the secretive TPPA (Trans-Pacific Partnerships Agreement) trade deal; well worth listening to!

Government sets best-practice fracking guidelines  (NZ Herald, 28 March)

Fracking guidelines by the government for hydraulic fracturing warn that fracking fluids need to be controlled so they don’t contaminate drinking water  (MSN, 28 March) – Download from MFE website

Fracking’s earthquake risks push states to collaborate  (Bloomberg Business Week, 27 March) – “Rules that took effect in Ohio last year ban injection wells in certain formations and let the state require seismic monitoring…”  .

Obama is negotiating an agreement that could unleash fracking across the world  (Policy Mic, 26 March)  – the same could happen here in NZ through the secretive trade deal – TPPA (Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement) currently being negotiated

Cracks showing in industry built on shaky ground (NZ Herald, 22 March) – Must read!  It gives good summary of the latest research and investigations into deepwell injection of drilling wastes and earthquakes.  CJT has mapped 19 deepwell injection sites in Taranaki.

Expanding search for hydrocarbons gives some the jitters (Otago Daily Times, 22 March) – CJT mentioned in last of the series

Cooking with gas (Otago Daily Times, 22 March) – second of the series of 3 articles

Taranaki knows the drill (Otago Daily Times, 16 March) – first of a series of 3 articles on Taranaki’s oil and gas (pros and cons)


Media release: Oil company failures a victory for the planet

04/02/2014

“Anadarko’s failure to find commercially viable oil off the Taranaki coast is a call for celebration and a victory for the planet”, said Climate Justice Taranaki Read the rest of this entry »


Media highlights (1-17 Feb 2014)

02/02/2014

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)

Oil free Otago flotilla sails this weekend (Dunedin TV, 7 Feb 2014)

Sand Mining Opposition Grows (TDN, 7 Feb 2014)

Seismic survey affects on sea life uncertain  (Marlborough Express, 5 Feb)

Environmentalists delighted as oil drilling proves fruitless  (TDN, 5 Feb 2014)

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

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

Kurt Komene talking about the drilling near Mount Taranaki (Waatea News, 30 Jan)

Choosing to be indisposed to the truth (Rachel Stewart, TDN, 2 Sep 2013)


TELL TAG: NO!

07/01/2014

This Friday 10th Jan 2014, 11am; Tag Oil office, 119 St. Aubyn St., New Plymouth; Details here.

Media cover: Noisy oil protest at Tag Oil offices  (TDN, 10 Jan 2014)

Protestors jeer oil boss (TV One News, 10 Jan 2014)