STOP OMV – No more drilling!

No more drilling in Taranaki. We’ve had enough!

OMV New Zealand Ltd (OMV), an Austrian multi-national drilling company, plans to drill 12 offshore wells across six licensed areas off the Taranaki coast, and to discharge harmful contaminants at sea. Because the wells are of exploratory and appraisal nature, the marine consent application for the drilling will not be notified and there will be no opportunity for public submissions. The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has however notified the public of OMV’s application to discharge harmful substances from the deck drains of a yet to be identified drilling rig. Public submissions close on the 9th July. Please use the form below to make a submission. It only takes a minute.

We are asking EPA to defer the processing of the discharge consent so that it can be assessed jointly with the drilling and other related applications.  It is impossible to assess the cumulative effects of all the drilling and discharge activities on the environment, marine species, human health and existing interests, if the applications are dealt with separately. The law requires consideration of cumulative effects and allows for joint processing of related applications.

We are not talking about one or two wells. We are talking about the risks and potentially disastrous consequence from drilling 12 wells and from the discharge of undetermined quantities of undisclosed harmful substances at sea.  Only one of the 12 wells will be drilled in a known, producing field, the Maari.

Following the crown’s own Navigatus report (2015) The Ministry of Transport recently stated “Exploratory drilling comes with a lot of unknowns, such as the pressure of the well, the substance in the well, and the volume of the well. Given these unknowns, breaking ground below sea-level often presents greater risk than existing operations

Consent for more drilling, extraction and discharging of pollutants into our seas, land and air must be opposed as we now face the disastrous effects of climate change and the rapid loss of biodiversity – Earth’s 6th mass species extinction.

Please take the time to write a quick submission using the form below.

(Please ensure that you have authority to make this submission on behalf of the submitter(s) named on your form.)


Your submission will be sent to the EPA and to OMV, as is required by law. If you selected that you want to speak to your submission, you will be contacted by EPA staff to make arrangements. For previous Taranaki applications, hearings were held in Wellington and New Plymouth. However, you can speak to your submission via Skype and don’t have to physically attend a hearing.

Submissions close on 9th July 2018.

Please share this with your friends and whānau.

You can find our more about the application on the EPA website and read CJT’s submission here.


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