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

 


Call for fracking moratorium in wake of report

Call for fracking moratorium in wake of report

Wellington, 4 June 2014 – Independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird is calling for a moratorium following the release of a new report that makes it clear that oil and gas fracking in New Zealand could come at far too high a cost to our environment - including our waterways and the climate - and that national and local government regulations are woefully inadequate.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s report on fracking was released at 1pm today.

“We know we can only burn a third of the world’s proven reserves of fossil fuels if we are to keep the global average temperature rise to two degrees,” says Forest & Bird Advocacy Manager Kevin Hackwell.

“That reality cannot be ignored. It is irresponsible for the government to be promoting the extraction of more fossil fuels at the risk to our environment and our existing rural economy.

“The report also leaves no doubt that the potential environmental and public health impacts of fracking in New Zealand are not adequately regulated.

“Most New Zealanders will be appalled to discover that many councils treat an oil and gas well as they do a simple water well, not requiring a resource consent for either,” Kevin Hackwell says.

“It’s patently obvious the two are not the same. Water wells are not likely to pollute an aquifer, produce hazardous wastewater, or release toxic air pollution.

“The PCE is recommending that a National Policy Statement be created for onshore oil and gas exploration and production.

“The situation is clear; there needs to be a moratorium on new oil and gas exploration, at the very least until adequate national regulations exist,” Kevin Hackwell says.

“The content of this report calls into serious question the government’s sale of the rights to frack across millions of hectares of the conservation estate, and on private land, without proper environmental safeguards.

“Companies like Tag Oil say they are looking to frack for oil, not gas, which would be flared off as a waste product.

“The situation in New Zealand means the expansion of fracking on the East Coast is likely to increase our greenhouse gas emissions, and could put agriculture at risk through the contamination of aquifers and groundwater,” Kevin Hackwell says.

“The fracking industry is hoping to dot landscapes around Gisborne, across the Hawke’s Bay and Wairarapa with a large number of wells. In areas with similar geology in the United States, these average one for every square kilometre of land.

“Fracking is an issue that all New Zealanders – including both conservationists and farmers – should be very wary of,” Kevin Hackwell says.

Forest & Bird is New Zealand’s largest independent conservation organisation, with 50 branches nationwide. It protects our native plants, animals and wild places, on land and in our oceans.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PM's Press Conference: Crime And Diplomacy

The Prime Minister's press conference today was dominated by foreign affairs and an open letter from the PM to the Chinese community on crime. More>>

ACC: Govt Caught In Unethical Cluster Bomb Investments

The ACC Fund admitted that it had $1.4 million invested in cluster munitions and nuclear weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin. Before responding to the Green Party’s request for information,however, ACC sold its Lockheed investment and updated its ethical investment policy. More>>

ALSO:

Local Governments To Decide: Easter Trading Bill Passes

The union representing working people in the retail industry is condemning the Government for whipping its MPs to pass the controversial Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill. More>>c

ALSO:

Departure Speech: Governor-General’s State Farewell Luncheon

"...Unfortunately I was unable to get to the Antarctic, the Chatham Islands and the Kermadecs. A dicky heart thwarted our travel to the Antarctic; and even though I volunteered to parachute into the Kermadecs to join the Young Blake expedition, time, commitments and officials frustrated my plans to visit the Kermadecs and Chathams." More>>

ALSO:

New Research: Most Homeless People Working Or Studying

“The cost of housing has been rising without corresponding increases in income, whilst the number of state houses per capita has been in decline. Many low-income people are missing out on housing, whether we recognise them as ‘homeless’ or not. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Traynor: New Offender Info Sharing Plan

“This Bill delivers on that step-change by moving away from name-based records held by individual agencies to a shared, anchor identity based on unalterable information, such as fingerprints and facial recognition. It also gives agencies access to the drivers’ licence photo database and birth, death and marriages information." More>>

  • NZ Law Foundation - New $2M fund for research on information challenges
  • Littoral: New Ship To Deliver Enhanced Naval Capability

    Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government has approved a Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force recommendation to request tenders for a new naval ship to support littoral operations. More>>

    July:

    After King's Labour Snub: Māori Party And Kiingitanga To Work Together

    Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox met with Kiingitanga representatives in Wellington yesterday to discuss working together on key issues for the betterment of Māori. More>>

    ALSO:

    Waitangi Claim On Rehabilitation: The 'Justus' System For Māori Not Good Enough

    Closing statements at the Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections called for immediate steps and a comprehensive review to address the high rate of Māori reoffending. More>>

    ALSO:

    Advice: PM Sets Rules For Ministers' Treatment Of Public Servants

    Prime Minister John Key has laid down the law about the way ministers and public servants should interact, saying ministers may not always like the advice they receive, but they must listen to it carefully, respectfully and professionally. More>>

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Politics
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news