Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Texas Of The South’ Needs To Put The Brakes On

Texas Of The South’ Needs To Put The Brakes On, Says Councillor.

Tuesday 27 November.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Councillor Liz Remmerswaal says the just released report on fracking has serious implications for council planning processes.

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE), Dr Jan Wright, has just released the first of two reports on fracking in New Zealand which vindicate the community fears that Cr Remmerswaal has championed this year.

In June the HBRC heard from over 200 ratepayers during the ten year plan process and as a result formally acknowledged the risks around the practice of hydraulic fracturing(fracking).

Earlier in the year the council unanimously backed Cr Remmerswaal’s call to request a fracking report from the PCE.

The council’s current annual report states that “should the Commissioner’s report include environmental effects that need addressing through the Regional Resource Management Plan then HBRC will undertake notifying the necessary plan changes.’

Council says it “values the protection of ecosystems in the region and recognises that mineral exploration/extraction poses long term risks to soil, water and ecosystems and will ensure all risks are avoided, remedied or mitigated in each application for mineral exploration and extraction.’

Cr Remmerswaal says the PCE report signals clear concerns for the way fracking is done in New Zealand and the regulations around it which means that council has a lot of work to do before it can grant consents in the Bay.

“Dr Wright says best practices are not being implemented and enforced in this country”, she says.

Issues around well sites, well design and construction, surface leaks and spills and waste disposal, if poorly managed could lead to contaminants finding their way into groundwater.

“Dr Wright also highlights the potential for important aquifers to be contaminated as a result of fracking as well as the risk of triggering small earthquake .”

Cr Remmerswaal says the report highlights her fears of the dangers of fracking on the economy and health of Hawke’s Bay people.

“Dr Wright says government regulations are not up to standard, and that comparing Hawke’s Bay to Taranaki are inappropriate, ‘says Cr Remmerswaal.

‘I hope this report and the one that follows means that council will wake up to stop a blind rush to making us a ‘Texas of the South’ .”

Cr Remmerswaal says there is more at stake than just the possible money and jobs dreamed about in the upcoming government/council economic report, due in December on the oil industry in Hawke’s Bay.

She says the PCE report questions whether the same effort is being put into looking at industry impacts as is being put into encouraging it.

“What is the hurry to rush this process which may have such dubious results? The oil isn’t going anywhere, is it?”says Cr Remmerswaal.


--

Liz Remmerswaal,

Hawke's Bay Regional Councillor

ENDs

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

AMA: Scoop's 'Invisible Paywall'

Operation Chrysalis: The Final Countdown - Thanks & There's Still Time To Pledge

Phew! We are now counting down the hours to the end of this crowd-funding campaign at 11pm on Sunday. Thankyou to all those Scoop readers and supporters who have pledged already. You have been awesome. But this is not over yet. More>>

 
 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

IPCA Reports: Significant Problems In Police Custody

In releasing two reports today, the Independent Police Conduct Authority has highlighted a number of significant problems with the way in which Police deal with people who are detained in Police cells. More>>

ALSO:

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security: Inquiry Into GCSB Pacific Allegations

The complaints follow recent public allegations about GCSB activities. The complaints, and these public allegations, raise wider questions regarding the collection, retention and sharing of communications data. More>>

ALSO:

TPPA Investment Leak: "NZ Surrender To US" On Corporates Suing Governments

Professor Jane Kelsey: ‘As anticipated, the deal gives foreign investors from the TPPA countries special rights, and the power to sue the government in private offshore tribunals for massive damages if new laws, or even court decisions, significantly affected their bottom line’. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: The Myth Of Steven Joyce

Gordon Campbell: The myth of competence that’s been woven around Steven Joyce – the Key government’s “Minister of Everything” and “Mr Fixit” – has been disseminated from high-rises to hamlets, across the country... More>>

ALSO:

RMTU: No Public Submissions On International Government Procurement Deal

“The government is preparing to assent to the Government Procurement Agreement, a World Trade Organisation Treaty which opens up New Zealand Government contracts to foreign companies and closes the door on local businesses and their workers. However the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee is refusing to take public submissions on the decision.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Pacific Spying

So New Zealand spied on its friends and allies in the Pacific – and has not only been passing on the results to the NSA, but has apparently passed on the details of the Pacific’s relations with Taiwan to our other best friends, the Chinese. On the side, the Key government has also been using the security services to gauge the chances of Trade Minister Tim Groser landing the top job at the WTO... More>>

ALSO:

State Housing Transfer: Salvation Army Opts Out

The Salvation Army has decided against negotiating with Government for the transfer of Housing New Zealand stock.
More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news