November 23, 2017
Seismic ship nears Taranaki Bight
Environment group Greenpeace is calling on the Government to turn back an oil exploration ship which is two days away from the South Taranaki Bight.
The Amazon Warrior, the world’s largest seismic exploration ship, is heading back into New Zealand waters for a three month programme of seismic blasting in the area, which is home to blue whales and other endangered marine mammals.
It will be searching for oil on behalf of Austrian oil giant, OMV.
Greenpeace climate campaigner Kate Simcock says the Government has not yet approved ship owner Schlumberger’s request to seismic blast across almost 20,000 square kilometres of the Taranaki Basin.
She says new Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says climate change is her generation’s nuclear free moment, and as going nuclear free meant stopping nuclear ships, taking action on climate change means stopping the oil ships.
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