Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


The video every Kiwi should see

The video every Kiwi should see

by Mike Smith, Greenpeace NZ
June 6, 2013

John Wathen is an award winning photojournalist who recently toured Aotearoa recounting his experience both on the ground and in the air documenting the catastrophic 2011 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

John flew out over the gulf in a light plane and captured the event as it was unfolding resulting in some amazing footage and images of the worst environmental disaster in American history.

This video shows the most important parts of John’s presentation:

During John's tour of the country he visited schools spoke at community meetings and Marae and engaged with local business leaders where he spoke passionately about the ongoing effects the oil spill is having on the environment and the peoples of the region including the collapse of the local fisheries and other wildlife and the continuing health problems affecting the local people in the Gulf states.

Johns assessment of the Gulf spill was that notwithstanding the economic and political might of the USA, they totally failed to contain the oil spill before it had decimated the coastline and that the oil industry had exerted enormous pressure upon the American government and local communities to hide the true extent of the disaster and reduce its responsibility.

There are an increasing number of disturbing similarities between the catastrophe in the Gulf and what is being planned here including:

• Anadarko the company planning to sink the first deepwater well this summer were partners with BP in the Gulf of Mexico failure.

• Hyundai Heavy Industries, the company building Anadarko's new drill ship is the same company that built the failed rig in the Gulf.

• The New Zealand government does not have an adequate oil spill response plan.

• The failed well in the Gulf was an exploration well.

The only way to prevent the devastation caused by a deep water oil spill is to ban all deep water drilling in our waters.

And if the political will does not exist to do this ... we must create it.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Delusions Driving The “Leave” Option

Voting for “Leave” requires (a) a fantastically unbalanced view of the impact of immigration on modern Britain (b) a demonizing of the EU “regulations” that are commonplace within a modern economy and (c) a simple-minded optimism that Britain would not suffer any major damage to its economy, or to the status of the City of London. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The “T” Word, And This Sunday’s Election In Spain

Once again, the RNZ news packages from the US and UK this morning underlined the striking difference in the treatment of the Pulse night club killings in Florida and the murder of the British Labour MP, Jo Cox. More>>

Werewolf: Getting Roasted, Kiwi Style

Roasting coffee beans is an essential step in the process from plant to cup. New Zealand does not grow any coffee, so it therefore imports 100% of its coffee supply from other countries. New Zealand does however roast a lot of coffee beans. More>>

Alastair Thompson: Jo Cox's Killing Looms Large As Brexit Heads Down To Wire

The mourning period for the brutally slain pro-remain Labour MP and mother of two Jo Cox was always going to be brief. Today, Sunday 19th June, with four days to go till polling, the Brexit campaign resumed. More>>

ALSO:

Pledge Me Goal Met!
On Scoop's Current Journalism Project

Gordon Campbell: Before this crowd funding effort wraps up tonight, I thought I should provide an update on the mental health journalism project that Scoop – and its readers – are funding. More>>

ALSO:

Thanks Joining Us! Scoop Turns 17; Has Party

Margaret Thompson welcomed visitors to Scoop's birthday celebration on Wednesday night and reflected on the state of the media during a year in which Scoop formed its new structure... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news