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http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1211/S00394.htm Community Joint Statement Calling for Fracking Moratorium Tuesday, 27 November 2012, 3:49 pm Press Release: Climate Justice Taranaki Community Joint Statement Calling for Fracking Ban or Moratorium 27 November 2012 In light of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE)'s interim report on fracking released today, an alliance of 16 environmental groups, hapu and businesses have signed onto a joint statement, demanding a nationwide ban or moratorium on fracking. “The PCE report identified many serious issues concerning fracking, from water contamination to air pollution and earthquakes. Putting it mildly, the commissioner described the current government oversight as ‘complex and fragmented’ which may allow important issues to ‘fall between the cracks’. Indeed many things have fallen between the cracks, notably TRC’s prior lack of resource consents for fracking, an issue pointed out by Climate Justice Taranaki (CJT) last year and acknowledged in the PCE report. The commissioner questioned whether companies are being trusted rather too much to all do ‘the right thing’. We say yes definitely too much, when companies have been allowed to self-assess hazardous chemicals for fracking under the HSNO Act. One of her key findings – companies are yet to earn a ‘social licence’ to operate here – clearly affirms our answer,” said CJT researcher Catherine Cheung. [....]

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