Minister must not water down oil and gas decision
Green Party: Minister Woods must not water down decision to
ban offshore oil and gas exploration
The Green Party
does not support Labour Party Minister Woods allowing mining
companies with existing offshore oil and gas exploration
permits more time to consider if they will drill.
“Mining companies with existing licenses for drilling
have a time limit on when they can explore. If they reach
the time limit, their permits are handed back to the
Crown”, Green Party energy spokesperson Gareth Hughes said
“They shouldn’t be offered special
treatment to extend or waive that time limit.
struggle to see the point in banning offshore exploration
for oil and gas if existing companies with huge blocks can
hold off from exploring until way later down the track.
“New Zealand took an incredibly exciting and
brave step for people and planet when we decided to ban
future offshore oil and gas exploration.
been congratulated world-wide and New Zealanders are proud
of the decision, let’s not water it down.
urging her to reconsider this proposal”.
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