Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Govt awards permit to Deepwater Horizon company

11 December 2012

Govt awards permit to Deepwater Horizon company

The Government is gambling with our environment and economy by awarding deep sea drilling permits to a company partially responsible for the Gulf of Mexico disaster of 2010, said Green Party energy spokesperson Gareth Hughes.

Mr Hughes was responding to the awarding of the 2012 Block Offer oil and gas permits. Of the 12 offshore blocks in deep sea (greater than 200 meters deep) that the Government put up for tender, just four were awarded. Of these, the PEG1 and PEG2 permits in the Pegasus Basin were awarded to Anadarko New Zealand, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation which had a 25% stake in the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

“It’s outrageous that the Government awarded deep sea oil drilling permits to the very company that was partially responsible for the catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill,” said Mr Hughes.

“How can Minister Heatley say that the Block Offer Awards were going to companies with the best environmental, health and safety records, when Anadarko was found to be partially liable for one of the most devastating oil spills the world has ever seen?” said Mr Hughes.

“Clearly the cozy relationship that Anadarko enjoys with the Government has paid off for the company, at the expense of the New Zealand public.”

Mr Hughes was referring to the secretive meeting John Key held with the Anadarko CEO during the busy election period last year.

“100% of Anadarko’s profits will go offshore, whereas the New Zealand public will pay dearly if anything goes wrong and we have a deep water oil spill,” said Mr Hughes.

Mr Hughes said the Government was continuing to let sustainable job opportunities pass New Zealand by while it created only a handful of short-lived jobs in the petroleum industry.

“To make sure that New Zealanders have good jobs, the Government should focus on retaining manufacturing jobs in New Zealand and growing the clean-tech sector,” said Mr Hughes.

“According to Statistics New Zealand, the mining sector, including oil and gas, employs just 3,000 people, whereas over the last four years, nearly 40,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost.

"We can create a smart, green economy by moving away from risky extractive activities like deep sea oil drilling, and towards renewable energy and clean-tech jobs,” said Mr Hughes.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PM's Press Conference: Crime And Diplomacy

The Prime Minister's press conference today was dominated by foreign affairs and an open letter from the PM to the Chinese community on crime. More>>

ACC: Govt Caught In Unethical Cluster Bomb Investments

The ACC Fund admitted that it had $1.4 million invested in cluster munitions and nuclear weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin. Before responding to the Green Party’s request for information,however, ACC sold its Lockheed investment and updated its ethical investment policy. More>>

ALSO:

Local Governments To Decide: Easter Trading Bill Passes

The union representing working people in the retail industry is condemning the Government for whipping its MPs to pass the controversial Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill. More>>c

ALSO:

Departure Speech: Governor-General’s State Farewell Luncheon

"...Unfortunately I was unable to get to the Antarctic, the Chatham Islands and the Kermadecs. A dicky heart thwarted our travel to the Antarctic; and even though I volunteered to parachute into the Kermadecs to join the Young Blake expedition, time, commitments and officials frustrated my plans to visit the Kermadecs and Chathams." More>>

ALSO:

New Research: Most Homeless People Working Or Studying

“The cost of housing has been rising without corresponding increases in income, whilst the number of state houses per capita has been in decline. Many low-income people are missing out on housing, whether we recognise them as ‘homeless’ or not. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Traynor: New Offender Info Sharing Plan

“This Bill delivers on that step-change by moving away from name-based records held by individual agencies to a shared, anchor identity based on unalterable information, such as fingerprints and facial recognition. It also gives agencies access to the drivers’ licence photo database and birth, death and marriages information." More>>

  • NZ Law Foundation - New $2M fund for research on information challenges
  • Littoral: New Ship To Deliver Enhanced Naval Capability

    Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government has approved a Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force recommendation to request tenders for a new naval ship to support littoral operations. More>>

    July:

    After King's Labour Snub: Māori Party And Kiingitanga To Work Together

    Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox met with Kiingitanga representatives in Wellington yesterday to discuss working together on key issues for the betterment of Māori. More>>

    ALSO:

    Waitangi Claim On Rehabilitation: The 'Justus' System For Māori Not Good Enough

    Closing statements at the Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections called for immediate steps and a comprehensive review to address the high rate of Māori reoffending. More>>

    ALSO:

    Advice: PM Sets Rules For Ministers' Treatment Of Public Servants

    Prime Minister John Key has laid down the law about the way ministers and public servants should interact, saying ministers may not always like the advice they receive, but they must listen to it carefully, respectfully and professionally. More>>

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Parliament
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news