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

 


Risky deep sea well gets EPA go ahead without consent

24 October 2013

Risky deep sea well gets EPA go ahead without consent

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given oil giant Anadarko the green light to drill an exploratory deep sea oil well offshore from Auckland’s iconic west coast beaches without a consent or public consultation, the Green Party has revealed today.

Under the Government’s recently enacted Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf Act, Anadarko will not be required to get a marine consent for the drilling of its well off the west coast of the North Island because it’s operating under transitional provisions. Under the transitional provisions, Anadarko must submit an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to the EPA, which the EPA must consider complete. The EPA now considers Anadarko’s EIA complete.

“The National Government is acting negligently by allowing Anadarko, a company involved in the Deepwater Horizon spill, to drill an exploratory deep sea oil well without a consent,” said Green Party energy spokesperson Gareth Hughes.

“You need a consent from the Regional Council to drill a water bore on your property in the Waikato, yet American oil company Anadarko doesn’t need a consent to do dangerous exploratory deep sea drilling off the Waikato coast.

“This oil well will be in water deeper than any well drilled in New Zealand and yet the National Government is allowing Anadarko to drill without a consent or public consultation.

“Anadarko’s own report to the EPA backs up Greenpeace’s recent research that shows that if there were a blow-out, we could see oil washing up on our iconic west coast beaches such as Piha and Muriwai.

“The drilling proposed by Anadarko is an entirely different kettle of fish to the shallow water drilling we have seen for the past few decades in Taranaki. The deepest producing well in New Zealand is currently in 125 metres of water, while Anadarko will be drilling in 1520 metres of water.

“Deep sea drilling is not worth the risk.

“The deeper you drill, the harsher the conditions and the harder it is to fix a leak. The consequences for New Zealand’s environment, economy, and reputation could be catastrophic,” said Mr Hughes.

Reference:
Anadarko’s Environmental Impact Assessment which the EPA has declared complete: http://www.epa.govt.nz/Publications/Deepwater_Taranaki_IA.pdf

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017

For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future?

Certainly, at the end of this week, the next US President will have won office (at least in part) thanks to his proven ability at (a) scapegoating refugees and migrants (b) wooing neo-Nazis and racial supremacists (c) attacking journalists and judges (d) threatening to jail his opponents (e) urging nuclear proliferation and (e) by promising to restrict women’s rights to control their own fertility.

On the face of that campaign record, there wouldn’t seem to be much in common between Donald Trump and say, Spain’s centre-left populist party, Podemos. Yet arguably, the similarities could be instructive for the Labour/Green partnership here. More>>

 
 

Oxfam: 30% Of NZ Owns Less Wealth Than Our Two Richest Men

The research also reveals that the richest one per cent have 20 per cent of the wealth in New Zealand, while 90 per cent of the population owns less than half of the nation’s wealth. The research forms part of a global report released to coincide with this week’s annual meeting of political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More>>

ALSO:

Hospitals: Resident Doctors Set To Strike Again

Despite discussions between the DHBs and NZRDA over safer hours for resident doctors progressing during the last week, the strike planned for next week appears set to proceed. More>>

ALSO:

Not So Super Fund: More Burning Ethical Questions For Steven Joyce

Greens: Radio New Zealand reported this morning that the New Zealand Superfund has $77 million invested in 47 coal companies that the Norwegian Government’s Pension Fund – the largest sovereign fund in the world – has blacklisted. More>>

Activism: Greenpeace Intercepts World’s Biggest Seismic Oil Ship

Greenpeace crew have made contact with the world’s biggest seismic oil ship after travelling 50 nautical miles on two rigid-hulled inflatables off the coast of Wairarapa... Greenpeace radioed the master of the Amazon Warrior to deliver an open letter of protest signed by over 60,000 New Zealanders. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Why Tax Cuts In 2017 Would Be A (Proven) Bad Idea

Ever since the world fell prey to the mullahs of the free market in the 1980s, no amount of real world evidence has managed dispel one key tenet of their economic faith. Namely, the idea that if you cut income taxes and taxes on small business, a wave of individual enterprise and entrepreneurial energy will thus be unleashed, profits will rise and – hey bingo! – the tax cuts will soon be paying for themselves ... More>>

Liquor Sponsorship: Researchers Call For Ban On Alcohol Sponsorship Of Sport

“Due to alcohol sponsorship of sport, New Zealanders, including children, were exposed to up to 200 ads per hour they watched televised sport, and people watching football and tennis saw alcohol ads for almost half of each game,” says Associate Professor Signal. More>>

ALSO:

Mt Albert: Ardern For Labour, Genter For Greens

At the close of nominations, Jacinda Ardern was the sole nomination received for the position of Labour’s candidate for the Mt Albert by-election, says Labour General Secretary, Andrew Kirton. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news