Fracking report sends clear signal to Government
Energy and Climate Change Spokesperson
27 November 2012
Fracking report sends clear
signal to Government
The concerns that many New
Zealanders have about fracking are echoed in today’s
interim report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the
Environment, something the Government must take on board,
Labour's Energy Spokesperson Moana Mackey says.
Commissioner has made a number of initial recommendations
and observations that the Government needs to take very
“She also raises some important issues
regarding the role of Government which will form the basis
of the second phase of her investigation.
"There is no
doubt that the oversight and regulation of fracking is
complex and it’s up to the Government to ensure all
parties are aware of their responsibilities.
of whether the level of regulation is too light-handed is
crucial. Public confidence in any regulatory regime is
essential given the level of public concern about the risks
associated with this practice.
“There is also the
question of whether existing regulations are being
adequately policed and enforced. We look forward to seeing
the Commissioner’s recommendations in this area
is also concerned about the capacity within local and
regional councils to process consent applications for
fracking given the lack of experience and technical
expertise available to them.
“No council should be
forced into making decisions on whether fracking goes ahead
and under what conditions unless it can be confident it has
the evidence to do so.
"The Parliamentary Commissioner for
the Environment is to be congratulated for taking the public
concern regarding fracking seriously when the Government
failed to do so.
“Let’s hope the assurances from the
Minister of Energy, Phil Heatley, that the Government will
support any recommendations that the PCE puts forward,
don’t turn into hollow promises,” Moana Mackey said.
© Scoop Media
Gordon Campbell: On The 2013 Budget
Among Thursday’s main talking points:
We are apparently on track for a margin-of-error $75 million surplus, now in sight for 2014/15. But this sickly creature is hobbling out of the lab on the basis of all kinds of facilitative conjuring: such as trimming by $200 million the amount of new spending next time around.
With this strictly nominal surplus in sight, the 1984-ish justification for eternal austerity will have a news talisman: namely, getting Crown debt down to 20% of GDP by 2020. More>>
Budget Report, Lockup Audio & Images: Budget Day 2013 As always and especially after the managerial mishaps of the past few weeks and months, (e.g. Aaron Gilmore, the Mighty River Power share float, the GCSB mishaps) Budget Day 2013 was always going to be a pageant of reassurance... More>>
Budget 2013 Comment: Plain Sailing, But It's No America's Cup Pattrick Smellie: Compared to the last four budgets, this year's reflects an economy moving out of recession and into calmer waters... Yet if the fastest annual growth rate we can expect over the next two years is 3 percent - with the Christchurch rebuild in full swing - then you'd have to say New Zealand's underlying low-growth problem is far from fixed. More>>
Auckland Discord: Govt’s Power Hungry Housing Approach A Threat - Labour
Last week the Government said this, ‘The Government commits not to use any proposed or existing powers ... to override the council's planning and consenting processes’. But its housing Bill says this; ‘If an accord cannot be reached in an area of severe housing unaffordability, the Government can intervene by establishing special housing areas and issuing consents for developers’. More>>
Extending Protest Ban, Relaxing Permit Rules: Govt Abuses Urgency To Extend Anadarko Amendment
The Government is trying to pass legislation under urgency which would make the Anadarko Amendment – which limits protest at sea – apply to an additional 1.7 million square kilometres, the Green Party said today. More>>