Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


HBRC supports potential study on fracking in Oil Exploration

29 February 2012

HBRC supports potential study on fracking in Oil Exploration

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has put its support behind any potential study into hydraulic fracturing used in oil exploration.

At its full council meeting today Council voted unanimously to request the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment to instigate a study on the likely risks and benefits of oil exploration using hydraulic fracturing on the East Coast.

The recommendation was put forward by Councillor Liz Remmerswaal, who said the report was needed given the huge public interest in oil exploration and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking as it is known.

HBRC Group Manager Iain Maxwell told the meeting the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment was already undertaking a scoping exercise to help determine whether to do a full investigation into fracking. The recommendation supports any potential study by the Commissioner.

He says HBRC has so far not received any recent resource consent applications for oil exploration in the Hawke’s Bay region.

HBRC Chief Executive Andrew Newman says it is important the public understands it is not Council’s role to have a view for or against oil exploration in Hawke’s Bay, but rather gather the information it needs to make an informed decision on any resource consent application it may receive in the future.

“The more independent information in the public domain the better.”

He says councils are obliged by law to accept and process any resource consent applications they receive.

“HBRC’s Regional Resource Management Plan has a range of controls relevant to this type of activity that provides for sustainable management of natural resources.”

He says as the statutory authority HBRC’s role is to process any resource consent applications that are made, assess the effects of the activity under the Resource Management Act, and to monitor any resource consents that are issued to ensure they are complying with the conditions of any consent.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Gordon Campbell: On John Key’s Trip To Iraq

In the embedded press coverage on this trip, the absence so far of any evaluation of the wider context of what New Zealand thinks it is doing at Camp Taji has been striking. More>>


Labour: Parata Puts Brakes On Charter School Appraisal

“When the Ministry of Education recommended they compare the achievements of children at charter schools to those of their counterparts at state schools, the documents show Hekia Parata specifically prohibited them from doing so." More>>


Bad Day For Universities: Gun, Bomb Threats On Three Campuses

Dunedin Police are continuing their investigation into the threat made against the University of Otago. Staff are following a number of lines of inquiry, and police are working to verify the authenticity and source of the post. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Deal Reached In Atlanta

Yes, the TPP has helped to knock a few points off the tariffs facing our exporters. Yet some of those alleged dollar gains may well have been made regardless over time – and without the negative baggage of the concessions in the non-trade areas (intellectual property, copyright extensions, investor-state dispute mechanisms etc) that the TPP deal also brings in its wake. More>> (Cartoon by Dave Wolland)

Public Summaries:


Wellington.Scoop: Serco – First The Prisons, And Now It Wants To Run The Trains

As the government continues its inquiry into Serco’s discredited administration of Mt Eden prison in Auckland, here in Wellington there’s further scrutiny of the British outsourcing company – because it’s competing to take over the running of our commuter trains. More>>


Pre-Signing: Gordon Campbell On The TPP Countdown

To date, the Key government has been unwilling to share any information about this TPP deal until it is too late for outraged public opinion to affect the outcome... the disclosure process is likely to consist of a similarly skewed and careful exercise in spin. More>>


Australia Deportations: English Relaxed On Immigration Centre Conditions

Labour's Annette King: “There have been numerous reports from inside these detention centres on just how bad conditions are... If they were being held in any other foreign jail, I imagine Mr English would be somewhat concerned. More>>


Schools: Achievement-Based Funding Would Be A Disaster

The Education Minister’s speech to the PPTA Conference raising the spectre of achievement data driving a new funding system would be disastrous, says NZEI Te Riu Roa. More>>

  • Video Out-Link - PPTA Annual Conference 2015 on Livestream (Q+A dicussion suggests funding would be directed to less successful schools.)

  • ALSO:

    ECE Report:

    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news