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

 


Oil Event slammed as “PR Stunt” by Dunedinites


Oil Event slammed as “PR Stunt” by Dunedinites


Oil Free Otago have slammed New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals (NZPAM) for skipping crucial democratic steps in consulting with the public over oil and gas exploration, and labelled the event “a PR Stunt”.

This evening, New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals held a meeting at Araiteuru Marae to explain and answer questions on aspects of the Government's regulatory regime for petroleum and minerals exploration and production. This meeting pre-empts the vital stages before it; asking and correctly educating the Dunedin community what type of energy expansion options and economic opportunities there are in our neighbourhood. Oil Free Otago demands this base-assumption; that oil and gas is the only exploration option, is put under the spotlight.

“At no point were Dunedinites asked if this is the direction that we want to see our energy development to go” asks Oil Free Otago spokesperson Danielle Trilford. “Rather than asking the initial, primary and basic questions to help shape energy expansion paths, Dunedinites were only allowed to hear about the already set-in-place regulations for exploration and production of oil and gas.”

Representatives from New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals, Environmental Protection Authority, Maritime New Zealand, WorkSafe New Zealand, Ministry for the Environment, the Department of Conservation and the Otago Regional Council were in attendance. Critical questions came from the Head of Finance and Business at the University of Otago, Professor Colin Campbell Hunt, who asked ‘Who bears the financial cost of an incident?’. Other questions included challenges about the upcoming 2014 block offers, where more of New Zealand's land and sea than ever before will be opened up for exploration by global fossil fuel companies.

“When will these local and nationwide authorities address the blatant urgency to stop fossil fuel expansion, and move to future-proofed and economically-stronger clean energy options?” asked Oil Free Otago spokesperson Danielle Trilford.

“This is not about current oil and gas extraction in New Zealand, nor is it about the use of fossil fuels - this is about the expansion of these last centuries industries.” said Ms Trilford.

“New Zealanders deserve the democratic right to know that they have options for energy expansion, rather than have the regulations of a pre-decided expansion regime shoved down their throats.” explained Oil Free Otago Spokesperson Danielle Trilford.

Six government agencies, together with regional and district councils, share the responsibility for managing petroleum and mineral activities in New Zealand.

“Considering the oil and gas exploration regime is served to the Otago community without the chance of weighing up the types of options we have, does the public really believe they'll have a say in the remaining fine-grained regulations around it? This is nothing more than a PR stunt so they can tick a box to say they’re “engaging with all stakeholders”” says Oil Free Otago spokesperson Danielle Trilford.

--END

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Teina Pora Wins Appeal: Gordon Campbell On The Privy Council Decision

The quashing of the convictions of Teina Pora for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett in 1992 has shone a spotlight once again on a major gap in the New Zealand justice system.

To all intents and purposes, access by New Zealanders to the Privy Council has now been closed. Yet the number of times in recent years when the Privy Council has quashed the findings of New Zealand courts has demonstrated that we are regularly
(a) jailing the wrong person or
(b) arriving at guilty verdicts on grounds sufficiently flawed as to raise serious doubts that a miscarriage of justice has occurred. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Urgent Bill Planned: MP Pay Rises To Match Public Service

Prime Minister John Key today announced an overhaul of the Remuneration Authority Act, tying MP salaries to those of the wider public sector, which will be passed under urgency. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: MP Pay Rises, Solid Energy, Iraq

Prime Minister John Key answered questions in his Post-Cabinet press conference about the Iraq deployment, Solid Energy and National’s decision to overhaul the Remuneration Authority Act. More>>

ALSO:

Worksafe: MSD Charged Over Work And Income Ashburton Shooting

WorkSafe NZ has laid one charge against the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) in relation to the shooting at the MSD Ashburton office on 1 September 2014 in which two Work and Income staff were killed and another was injured. More>>

ALSO:

Iraq: Ex-Hostage Says Government Not Putting NZers, Iraqis First

Harmeet Singh Sooden is travelling to Iraq in the coming weeks to work with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) on a short-term assignment. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Statement: Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting

Prime Minister Key warmly welcomed Prime Minister Abbott and Mrs Abbott to New Zealand. The visit has enabled wide-ranging and substantive discussion that has underlined the strength, value, diversity and warmth of our trans-Tasman relationship. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: Peters To Stand In Northland By-Election

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has announced his intention to stand in the Northland by-election, citing his own links to the electorate and ongoing neglect of the region by central government. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Wage Hike For MPs (and Paul Robeson)

Hard to tell what is more infuriating. Is it the 5.3% increase on the already bloated salaries of MPs, or their pantomime of outrage at being gifted with such a wonderful back-dated bonanza? More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news