March 28, 2016
Frack foe demolishes clean gas myth
An anti-fracking campaigner says Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges is peddling self-serving myths in his push for more oil and gas exploration.
Mr Bridges told an industry conference last week that finding gas helped the environment because it displaced far dirtier coal.
Jean Kahui from Frack Free Kapiti says that’s like claims the cigarette industry once made that cigarettes benefit health.
She says research out of Cornell University in the United State showed fracking is worse for global warming than mining coal because of the large amount of methane released into the atmosphere by the drilling process.
Iwi, hapu and other community groups need to speak out against the Government’s rush to destruction.
It’s not going to affect us so much, those of us who are older, those of us who have children and grandchildren, we're going to be okay but the generations coming our grandchildren our children they're the ones who are going to have to deal with the mess we're leaving them, if we don't take action now and start speaking up and cleaning up and bringing the people in government to account," she says.
Jean Kahui says the low price of oil means there is little appetite by oil companies to exploit New Zealand’s resources, so it’s a good time to move away from fossil fuels.
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