March 27, 2015
March planned against over the horizon drilling
Opposition to Statoil’s exploration programme off Northland moves to Tamaki Makaurau on Sunday, with a protest against a government-backed petroleum summit.
Mike Smith from Greenpeace says not only the Norwegian state oil company but other operators need to get the message they are not welcome in New Zealand waters.
He says apart from the environmental consequences of any accident, the world needs to be shifting to other forms of energy to slow down the rate of climate change.
He says the Foreshore and Seabed Act removed a potential check to the government’s ability to promote exploration, and the floodgates have opened.
" These activities are happening out of sight, they're over the horizon. On a clear day you can only see 12 kilomentres out to the horizon and of course the activities are happening beyond what we can see but they are happening day and night, there are seismic ships out there at the moment that are just going up and down our coastline exploring. Theres drill ships that are coming and going and doing test drills. And largely this is out of sight of the public
The mobilisation starts at noon on Sunday at Auckland’s Victoria Park, and Mike Smith says bring your drum.
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