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Labour likely to call for moratorium on fracking

Fracking - the tide is turning with Labour likely to call for a moratorium

4 November 2011

"The tide is definitely turning with land-owners, community groups, hapu and now more political parties standing up against fracking. We are expecting the Labour Party to follow the growing movement against fracking when they release their environmental policy this Sunday. This will be a further nail in the coffin for fracking in Aotearoa/NZ" says Urs Signer, member of Climate Justice Taranaki.

"Labour Party candidate Julian Blanchard (Rangitata electorate) has already stated publicly that fracking should not proceed at all. Labour MP Stuart Nash says the findings in relation to fracking are 'alarming' and said that fracking will come up as part of Labour’s environmental policy. If the Labour Party indeed demands a moratorium, then fracking has well and truly become an election issue."

"With a national day of action to demand an immediate moratorium on fracking planned across the country for 16th November, we have an opportunity to build the movement against fracking. Increasingly dangerous fossil fuel extraction techniques are harmful to workers, local communities and the entire planet via climate change. Fracking must be stopped" concludes Urs Signer.


1. Fracking is currently taking place in Taranaki.
2. Through our research, Climate Justice Taranaki has revealed the use of toxic chemicals in local fracking operations.
3. We have also identified 'landfarms' in Waitara where toxic fracking drilling waste is spread onto land to be grazed by cows again.
4. Labour Party candidate Julian Blanchard's comments are in this article.

Climate Justice Taranaki



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