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


Consultation on EEZ regulations questioned

Consultation on EEZ regulations for exploratory petroleum drilling questioned

The Environmental Defence Society is concerned that the Minister for the Environment is not undertaking meaningful consultation on proposed regulations for exploratory oil and gas drilling.

“The Minister announced back in April that a simplified process for exploratory petroleum drilling consent applications appears to be an appropriate response,” said EDS Chairman Gary Taylor.

“The Government this week introduced a new non-notified discretionary activity status to the EEZ Act through a Supplementary Order Paper. This cuts out the public consultation that normally occurs on a law change through the select committee process.

“The Minister for the Environment has now released a discussion document proposing that exploratory oil and gas drilling become a non-notified discretionary activity. However, her earlier comments back in April promised proper consultation.

But now the law is being changed first and the consultation will be after the fact. The outcome has clearly been pre-determined.

“The petroleum industry has clearly pushed Ministers hard to create this weak, pass-through consent process that will have no public involvement. It is unacceptable regulation of a potentially extremely dangerous activity.

“The Deepwater Horizon well that caused the worse oil pollution in many decades was an exploratory well and one of the issues uncovered in the subsequent review was regulatory capture by the industry. Inexplicably, we seem about to fall into the same trap.

“EDS is not opposed to offshore petroleum drilling but we must have a transparent and robust regulatory framework in place to assess the environmental risks, the applicant’s track record and whether appropriate measures are in place in case of well failure,” Mr Taylor concluded.

The Ministry for the Environment’s discussion document is available here.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Australia’s Election

Australia’s new PM Anthony Albanese faces an obvious dilemma, barely before he gets his feet under the desk. Australia is the world’s leading exporter of coal. Will the new Labor government prioritise the jobs for Queensland/NSW workers in its mining-dependent communities - or will Labor start to get serious about climate change, and risk the inevitable political backlash from making a major shift into renewables..?


Government: New Zealand To Stay At Orange For Now
With New Zealand expecting to see Omicron cases rise during the winter, the Orange setting remains appropriate for managing this stage of the outbreak, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>

Australian Election: Prime Minister Congratulates Anthony Albanese
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated Anthony Albanese and the Australian Labor Party on winning the Australian Federal election, and has acknowledged outgoing Prime Minister Scott Morrison... More>>

Government: Helps Supermarket Shoppers Get A Fair Deal
Urgent Budget night legislation to stop major supermarkets blocking competitors from accessing land for new stores has been introduced today, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Dr David Clark said... More>>

Government: Independent Panel Appointed To Review Electoral Law
Justice Minister Kris Faafoi today announced appointments to the independent panel that will lead a review of New Zealand’s electoral law. “This panel, appointed by an independent panel of experts... More>>

Trade: Prime Minister To Visit United States
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is leading a trade mission to the United States this week as part of the Government’s reconnection strategy to support export growth and the return of tourists post COVID-19... More>>

National: Jacqui Dean To Retire From Parliament In 2023

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean has announced that she will not be seeking re-election at the 2023 election. “I have advised the President and Leader of the National Party that I have decided not to put my name forward... More>>




InfoPages News Channels