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

 


Horan: oil drilling needs safeguards

6 Sept 2013

Horan: oil drilling needs safeguards

Independent MP Brendan Horan says the Government is boasting about 13 new offshore oil wells when they have zero real capability to deal with an oil spill.

Simon Bridges and Steven Joyce seem reckless, irresponsible and arrogant towards the many public concerns with deep-water offshore oil exploration, and have given the go ahead for 13 new exploratory offshore oil wells this summer. The current total oil response fleet we have available in NZ is just a meagre three (3) eight-metre aluminium runabouts,” said Brendan Horan.

“National seems to think that ‘new regulations’ and a ‘bigger insurance policy’ will deal with an oil spill. Have you ever tried picking up oil off the beach with an insurance policy?” said Mr Horan. “Ask the people of Christchurch what they think of insurance companies”

The Government is salivating over Minister Bridges claim that ‘the oil industry is expected to spend upwards of $600 million,’ yet blind to the huge risks, and totally dismissive of public opposition in respect to oil exploration. I guess they feel that Simon Bridges anti demonstration bill will take care of the public nuisance said Horan.

Those of us in the Bay of Plenty who lived through two years of the on-going Rena saga truly appreciate that cleaning an oil spill could take billions of dollars, years to clean and result in permanent environmental damage. The amount of oil spilt from the Rena is equivalent to less than two hours of the constant 153 day flow from the deep-water Gulf of Mexico disaster.

“The Deep-water Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico was an exploratory well. The oil spill from that took 153 days - five months - to cap, and cost US$14 billion to manage the clean-up. It used an entire fleet of ships, some of up to 70,000 tonnes. By contrast our clean-up capacity is next to zero, three runabouts which if it wasn’t so pathetic it would be a joke,” said Brendan Horan.
(See: http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/Environmental/Responding-to-spills-and-pollution/Spill-response-equipment.asp)

The Government, by ignoring public sentiment and enabling deep water offshore exploratory drilling, is putting at risk our environment, our good name, our reputation and multiple industries. Proper safeguards must be in place before a single drill-bit touches the sea floor. The National Party does not have a mandate to put our oceans, our shorelines and our rivers at risk.


ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Hager Revelations: Inquiry Into NZSIS Release Of Goff Docs

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS), Cheryl Gwyn, announced today that she would be instituting an inquiry concerning allegations that the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) might have released official information to Mr Cameron Slater, regarding briefings provided to the then Leader of the Opposition, for political purposes...

“I am satisfied there is a sufficient public interest justifying the commencement of an own-motion inquiry into the substance of the issues raised with my Office,” said Ms Gwyn. More>>

Goff: Director’s Letter Contradicts Key’s Claims

At yesterday’s media standup, when asked on the topic John Key said ‘I wasn’t told’...
“In a letter dated November 2011 former SIS director Warren Tucker states three times that ‘in accordance with the usual practice of keeping the minister informed’ the Prime Minister had been told. More>>


 

Parliament Today:

Electionresults.co.nz: National and NZ First Rise in Roy Morgan Poll

National has bounced back in the latest Roy Morgan Poll but the big winner has been New Zealand First who rise to their highest level of support since September 2013. More>>

ALSO:

Fish Pun Warning: By Hoki! It’s Labour’s Fisheries Policy

A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. More>>

ALSO:

It's Official: Governor General Gives Direction To Conduct Election

The Governor General has signed the writ directing the Electoral Commission to conduct the General Election on 20 September 2014. This is the formal authority to run the 2014 election, and enables candidate nominations to open tomorrow Thursday 21 August 2014. More>>

Gordon Campbell: No More Mr Nice Guy

When future historians seek to identify the exact moment when the prime ministerial career of John Key hit the downward slope, they may well point to Key’s interview yesterday with Guyon Espiner on RNZ’s Morning Report. More>>

ALSO:

Dirty (Politics) Weekend: Collins’ Admission Reason For Key To Act

"Despite claiming that the evidence about her in Nicky Hager's book was ‘false’ Judith Collins has now been forced to admit that she did send information about a Ministerial Services staff member to Cameron Slater for him to use in a baseless smear campaign. More>>

ALSO:

Potential Disasters: Underground Coal Fire On Denniston Plateau

Forest & Bird says one or more coal fires have broken out beneath the Denniston Plateau, and that the Department of Conservation (DOC) must stop Bathurst Resources’ preparatory mining work going on there until the fire or fires are extinguished. More>>

ALSO:

Bikes: Nats Plan $100 Million For Urban Cycleways

Prime Minister John Key has today announced $100 million in new funding will be made available over the next four years to accelerate cycleways in urban centres. More>>

ALSO:

New Tax Bracket, Child Poverty Fund: Greens Launch Billion Dollar Plan To Reduce Child Poverty

The Green Party has launched a billion dollar package to significantly reduce child poverty in New Zealand. The details of the plan were released at the party’s campaign launch in Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news