Tasmania extended fracking moratorium to protect clean produce reputation


“Tasmania’s primary industries minister, Jeremy Rockliff, said uncertainty around fracking should not put at risk Tasmania’s reputation for producing fresh, premium and safe produce….” This is what NZ should be doing. See the community joint statement calling for a total ban on fracking in NZ – will your group join us?  As an individual, please sign the Stop Fracking Now petition.  Read full story on Tasmanian here (Guardian, 26 March 2015).

If you’re still not convinced, read “How earthquakes linked to fracking are fracturing an Oklahoma community” (Stuff, 28 Feb 2015)

Media release: BTW breach toxic waste consents


“We are pleased to hear that the South Taranaki District Council has issued two abatement notices to surveying company BTW for consent breaches at two of their landfarms” says Emily Bailey, member of Climate Justice Taranaki.

“The landfarms at Oeo and Kakaramea receive toxic drilling waste from oil and gas operations. The top soil is removed, the drilling sludge is spread on the field and covered again, then resown and cows are put back on for grazing. Landfarming is part and parcel of this dirty industry.”

The landfarm at Kakaramea started operating without having met all of the conditions of the consent. The conditions breached are: that STDC is to be notified prior to operations starting and that an Archeological Authority should be obtained before any earthworks has taken place.

At the Oeo landfarm, BTW went beyond the consented area and failed to notify STDC of issues of non-compliance raised by the Taranaki Regional Council monitoring. TRC also issued an infringement notice. Additionally, they do not have a dust suppression water cart on the landfarm which is a requirement of the STDC consent.

“It is only due to the diligent work of people on the ground that these issues are being picked up by the council. Ngati Haua, a hapu of Ngaruahinerangi, have for several months voiced their concerns and their opposition to the BTW landfarm located only a few hundred metres from their marae. The industry is expanding around the mountain and along the coast as the government is making more and more land available for drilling and landfarming. As this industry encroaches on productive farmlands and disrupts the lives of rural communities, opposition is also growing,” concluded Emily Bailey.

Media coverage:  Two breaches by drill waste firm (TDN, 15 May 2013)

Related story:  Protest at BTW  (TDN, 15 May 2013)

News Headlines 14-31 August 2011


The UK’s lack of fracking regulation is insane (Aug 31, UK)

Govt accused of being obsessed with fossil fuels (Aug 30, NZ) – Read this!

The Government’s recently released Energy Strategy (Aug 30, NZ) – Must listen!

Carcinogens found in CSG project (Aug 28, Australia)

Open cast mine plan condemned (Aug 27, NZ)

Fracking will require approval says council (Aug 26, NZ)

How to talk to a climate sceptic (Aug 25, UK)

New rules for ocean oil exploration (Aug 24, NZ) Important!

Wyoming regulators exempt 146 ‘fracking’ chemicals from public disclosure (Aug 24, USA)

What tar sands and the Keystone XL pipeline mean for climate change (Aug 23, USA)

Fonterra decision a blow to organic farmers (Aug 23, NZ)

Greens’ clean-up policy includes $500 million plans for water charges (Aug 22, NZ)

Four thousand aftershocks in six months (Aug 22, NZ) Read the rest of this entry »

News Headlines (1-15 May 2011)


Wildlife the focus of oil clean-up exercise (May 13th, NZ)

New Zealand: Octanex receives consent for farmout of PEP 51906 to OMV (May 11th, NZ)

Twinkle, twinkle, damaged drill ship (May 11th, NZ)

Sabotage at seismic survey sites (May 10th, NZ)

Frack and ruin: the rise of hydraulic fracturing (May 6th, UK – must read!!)

Obama forms panel to improve fracking safety (May 5th, USA)

Anadarko, part owner of Deepwater Horizon well in Gulf of Mexico, sets to drill in NZ (May 4th, NZ – must read/listen!!)

Govt confirms that NZers will pay for oil spill (May 4th, NZ)

Farmers fight against coal seam gas industry (May 4th, Australia)

Large whale washes up on Taranaki beach (May 3rd, NZ)

Taranaki set for deep sea drilling (May 2nd, NZ)

MIT web tools help small landowners navigate gas leasing frenzy (May 1st, USA)

News Headlines (April 2011)


Enter the taniwha (NZ)

Gulf Seafood Radium Levels (USA)

South Africa halts gas ‘fracking’ plan (South Africa)

Dazzled by oil cash, leaders ignore perils (NZ)

Activists urge halt to deep-sea testing after penguin deaths (NZ)

Are Arkansas’ Natural Gas Injection Wells Causing Earthquakes? (USA)

Gas Drilling Emergency in Bradford County (USA)

Toxic Chemicals Injected Into Wells, Democratic Report Says (USA)

Protests across Aotearoa marke anniversary of the BP Gulf Oil spill (NZ)

Drilling halted by earthquake (UK)

Cook Islands Moves Toward 100% Renewable Energy (Cook Islands)