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

 

EDS calls for extension for submissions to EEZ oil bill

EDS calls for extension of time for submissions to EEZ oil bill because of Rena disaster

The Environmental Defence Society has called for an extension of tomorrow's closing date for submissions on the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Bill. The Bill sets out the proposed new regime for managing the environmental effects of extraction activities in our oceans.

"In particular, the Rena distaster has raised important new questions about how we should regulate oil exploration in our oceans," said EDS Chairman Gary Taylor.

"It has demonstrated very clearly the potential environmental costs of oil spills, whether from ships or from oil well malfunctions. A blown oil well could make the Rena spill look very inconsequential by comparison. The government has stated a clear intention to allow much more oil, gas and mining in our seas.

"In our view the closing date for submissions to this important Bill should be extended into the New Year for two reasons.

"First, there may well be people involved in assisting with the response to the Rena disaster who might want to make submissions on this related matter. They could be people involved in the voluntary or official efforts and they will be preoccupied at present. The local iwi will have an interest.

"Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, there will be lessons learned from Rena that might be helpful in designing this legislation. For example, the whole question of how to assess and manage risks to the marine environment is critical to this Bill. Just where and how we set the environmental thresholds for approval needs careful thought and reassessment. And who pays if something goes wrong.

"It may also be the case that some activities in some locations should be avoided altogether if the risks are too high. How those decisions are made needs review after Rena. New Zealanders views on this point are important.

"There appears to be no rush in receiving submissions as Parliament will not be sitting until well into the New Year.

"We understand that there are constitutional constraints on formally extending deadlines past the election so are calling on all parties to indicate support for such a move when the new government takes office.

"Extending the deadline until the New Year seems sensible and warranted in these circumstances", Mr Taylor concluded.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On Who Decides On The Priority List For Vaccines

During the past week, the nation has gone through a range of mixed feelings about south Auckland. Understandably, there’s been a hankering in some quarters to punish a few of the rule breakers who plunged all of Auckland back into lockdown…Yet alongside that impulse there also been compassion for the way that poverty and overcrowding make south Aucklanders extremely vulnerable to the spread of the virus... More>>


 




Government: PHARMAC Review Announced

The Government is following through on an election promise to conduct an independent review into PHARMAC, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Andrew Little announced today... More>>

ALSO:


Government: Main Benefits To Increase In Line With Wages

All measures of child poverty were trending downwards, prior to the COVID-19 lockdown, across the two years since year ended June 2018, Stats NZ said today. The COVID-19 lockdown in late March 2020 affected Stats NZ’s ability to collect data from households ... More>>

Government: Reserve Bank To Take Account Of Housing In Decision Making

The Reserve Bank is now required to consider the impact on housing when making monetary and financial policy decisions, Grant Robertson announced today. Changes have been made to the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee’s remit requiring it to take into ... More>>

ALSO:


Covid-19: Auckland Back To Alert Level Three After One New Community Case Revealed

Auckland will move to alert level three for a week at 6am tomorrow morning after two new Covid-19 community cases announced this evening could not be directly linked to earlier cases, the Prime Minister has confirmed.
The rest of the country will move to level two.... More>>

NZ Initiative: New Report Highlights How Our Housing Crisis Could Worsen If We Don’t Act Now

If New Zealand politicians thought the housing crisis in 2020 was bad, the worst is yet to come, warns a new report by The New Zealand Initiative. In The Need to Build: The demographic drivers of housing demand , Research Assistant Leonard Hong ... More>>

Parliament: Kiwi MPs Among The “Most Educated In The World”

New analysis of MP qualifications reveals New Zealand’s Parliament is one of the most educated and highest qualified in the world, and significantly more educated than Australia’s. The research, by Mark Blackham of BlacklandPR and Geoffrey Miller ... More>>

The Dig: An Illogical Ideological Struggle

Dig beneath all the trade wars and the arguments to the effect that the USA should not permit China to achieve economic and technological superiority, or even parity, and you find the real reason behind the conflict... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels