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

 


EEZ regulations disappoint

Media Release: “Trust us – we know what we’re doing” is confirmed as the Government’s regulatory approach for oil drilling in our deep oceans

The government has announced that the exposure draft version of regulations made under Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012 are to be passed without substantive change. These regulations make exploratory drilling in our deep oceans a non-notified activity. Environmental approvals will be given by the Environmental Protection Authority via an in-house process.

“EDS argues, along with many New Zealanders, that if we are to have oil and gas exploration in our deep oceans, we should have world class environmental oversight,” said EDS Chairman Gary Taylor.

“But making exploration drilling non-notified leaves the environmental approvals process up to the Environmental Protection Authority with no public scrutiny, transparency, involvement or hearing.

“We are being asked by the Minister to “trust us – we know what we’re doing.”

“The approach creates a real possibility of regulatory capture by the industry, one of the factors that a Presidential Inquiry found contributed to the disastrous Deepwater Horizons spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

“The Minister for the Environment has said that the level of regulation is “proportionate to the effects”. This assertion is risible: the consequences of a spill in New Zealand’s oceans are enormous and would be devastating to our seabirds, marine mammals, fisheries and coastline.

“This light-touch regulation is clearly disproportionate to the potential environmental effects.

The Minister is putting our marine ecosystems at unwarranted risk by having a closed-shop consenting process. This is not what New Zealanders who support deep sea drilling expected. Several opinion polls have shown that support for the industry is conditional on best practice oversight.

“I am concerned that the debate about these regulations has been conflated into a debate about whether we should have oil and gas activities in our deep oceans. Even allowing that oil and gas exploration should be allowed, these regulations do not cut the mustard.

“We will be looking further into the regulation-making process. We will be also be looking to work directly with the industry in order to influence best practice outcomes,” Mr Taylor concluded.

ENDS

See EDS’s original submission here.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

The Kids: OECD Report Shows Huge Impact Of Poverty On Education

A new report from the OECD has again highlighted the negative effects of poverty, showing that disadvantaged children in New Zealand are more than six times more likely to underachieve in maths than children from wealthier homes. More>>

ALSO:

Pacific: NZ Pledges $500,000 To Help Address Zika

“With the Zika virus now confirmed in a number of Pacific countries, New Zealand is committed to helping limit the impact and spread of the virus in the region,” says Mr McCully. “New Zealand will provide $250,000 as a contribution to the WHO to implement the Pacific Zika Action Plan, and a further $250,000 to enable countries in the region to respond rapidly if required." More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Police Commissioner 'Doesn’t Get Force Needs'

The Police Commissioner has let down the public and his own force by insisting the police have what they need despite it taking a year to solve a burglary and overwhelming number of officers saying they are under-resourced, says Labour’s Police spokesman Stuart Nash. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The US Pressure To Expand Our Role In Iraq

Foreign news services are being more forthcoming about what the “next 12 months” will entail – essentially, the defence ministers will be under US pressure to increase their “training” role preparatory to an assault on the city of Mosul in northern Iraq. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Restarts: Prime Minister’s Statement

Our policy agenda and legislative programme will reflect the Government’s four priorities: • to responsibly manage the Government’s finances • to build a more competitive and productive economy • to deliver better public services to New Zealanders, an • to support the rebuilding of Christchurch. More>>

ALSO:

NZEI Survey Report: Special Needs Students Missing Out

The survey revealed that around 16 percent of students were on schools’ special needs registers, but nearly 90 percent of schools’ special needs coordinators did not believe there was adequate support for students and their learning... More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Waitangi Tribunal On Ture Whenua Legislation

Labour on Proposed changes to Maori land rules: “To have Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson dismiss findings as ‘bizarre’ is totally disingenuous and disrespectful. What’s bizarre is Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell stubbornly pushing through this Bill before the Waitangi Tribunal has even completed its report..." More>>

ALSO:

Spy Update: Appointment Of GCSB Acting Director

GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) from 15 February 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB Christopher Finlayson announced today. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news