Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Smith needs to correct wrong fracking facts

20 August 2012

Smith needs to correct wrong fracking facts

“National MP Nick Smith is doing a disservice to the national debate on fracking,” said Gareth Hughes Green Party energy spokesperson.

“Nick Smith has been told that he is wrong on his claim hydraulic fracking has been used in New Zealand’s geothermal industry yet he continues to peddle mistruths by not distinguishing between processes that are completely different.

“The New Zealand Geothermal Association has stated that hydraulic fracking has not been used in New Zealand for geothermal energy and there is potential for our geothermal electricity generation to be doubled without any need for hydraulic fracking - contrary to Nick Smith’s claims.

“He needs to correct the opinion piece he has been touting around the country or he is deliberately misleading New Zealanders to promote his Government’s pro-fracking agenda.

“Nick Smith is missing the point, instead of a focus on earthquakes, he should focus on more pressing risks of fracking – especially the potential to irreversibly pollute ground water.

“Contrary to his claims that fracking in the oil and gas industry has occurred without incident – this is not the case,” said Mr Hughes.

There are reports consent breaches and contamination have occurred in Taranaki. In Southland the contaminated waste fracking water has been dumped straight in a local river. In Waikato Solid Energy undertook fracking without permission from the Regional Council.

“Agriculture, the back bone of our economy, depends on clean water which fracking puts at risk,” said Gareth Hughes Green Party MP.

“Given there are so many concerns taking a precautionary approach is wise.

“The New Zealand Government can invest in our massive clean energy potential instead of promoting fracking and risking our brand and environment.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Uncanny Valley Of Tokyo 2020

For all involved, this year’s Olympic Games have called for a willing suspension of anxiety. For now at least, the displays of skill and agility have been compelling enough to muffle some of the previous misgivings about the wisdom of asking athletes from all corners of the world to converge in one place in the middle of a pandemic, and at the height of a Tokyo summer... More>>



Child Poverty Action Group: Poverty Burden For Children Increased Due To Government Neglect - New Report

Poverty, inequity, homelessness and food insecurity are among the burdens which increased for tamariki Māori and other children in the first year of Covid-19 - partially due to Government neglect... More>>

Government: Cabinet Accepts Turkish Authorities’ Request For The Managed Return Of Three NZ Citizens

Cabinet has agreed to the managed return of a New Zealand citizen and her two young children from Turkey, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The three have been in immigration detention in Turkey since crossing the border from Syria earlier this year... More>>


Government: Quarantine Free Travel With Australia Suspended

Quarantine Free Travel from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand is being suspended as the Covid situation there worsens, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced today... More>>


NZUS Council: Welcomes Nomination Of Senator Tom Udall As US Ambassador To NZ

The NZUS Council welcomes the nomination of Senator Tom Udall to the role of US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, NZUS Council executive director Jordan Small said... More>>

BusinessNZ: Visa Extensions Welcomed
BusinessNZ has welcomed the extension of some critical skill visa durations and changes to immigration systems to speed processing. Chief Executive Kirk Hope says move acknowledges advocacy by the hospitality sector, the BusinessNZ Network and others, and comes not a moment too soon.... More>>

Social Development: Government Initiatives Contribute To Fall In Benefit Numbers

Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the release of the June quarter Benefit Statistics which show a continuing fall in the number of people receiving a Main Benefit... More>>




InfoPages News Channels