** Oil Free Wellington Update October 2013

Welcome to the Oil Free Wellington October update. September was a fantastic month
of oil free campaigning.

September was a fantastic month of oil free campaigning. It was also a concerning month with more of Aotearoa "opened up" for permits, and oil free activists arrested in Russia. This newsletter is jam-packed with action alerts and updates:

  • C’mon Celia. Send a Facebook message to the mayor today
  • Arctic Solidarity demo in Karori tomorrow
  • Update: You Can’t Silence Us demo
  • Government opens up even more of the country to oil prospecting
  • IPCC 5th report: Climate Change 2013
  • Update: Climate Justice Taranaki
  • Aucklanders care campaign launched
  • Colorado flooding caused oil spill
  • A success story: community boots out fossil fuel company

** C’mon Celia: Stand up for our Coast! Send a message to Celia on Friday 4 October

Please take the time
today to send a quick Facebook message to Wellington’s mayor (and mayoral candidate)
Celia Wade-Brown, urging her to come out against oil drilling. Or update your
profile to include the meme above. Celia is a Green Party member, and we’re sure
she’s personally against the drilling. But she hasn’t said it publically yet. (In
fact, some of the other mayoral candidates’ responses were better than hers on this
question – see
http://oilfreewellington.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ba33d213a57fc809c720da283&id=532f0841bc&e=4fc500883e)

The exploration for oil in the Pegasus Basin is a threat to Wellington directly. The
threat of an oil spill places at risk Wellington's beaches and harbour. And climate
change is a huge issue facing us all.

Last month, Celia said, “The actions we take now on addressing climate change will
ensure that Wellington is a truly smart Capital for future generations.” We agree!
And it would be awesome if the mayor of Wellington would join her city in opposing
oil drilling. So, c’mon Celia, stand up for our Coast!

Celia’s Facebook page:
http://oilfreewellington.us5.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=ba33d213a57fc809c720da283&id=0296b52d73&e=4fc500883e

Oil Free Wellington’s Facebook page:
http://oilfreewellington.us5.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=ba33d213a57fc809c720da283&id=b2365b3711&e=4fc500883e

Last Wednesday, Oil Free Wellington penguins took the message to the mayoral
candidates’ forum at Vic Uni.

Following a peaceful protest in the Arctic on a Russian oil rig, armed officials of
the Russian Coast Guard stormed the Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise, holding 25
activists including two Kiwis on their knees at gunpoint. Many of the 'Arctic 30'
have been officially charged with piracy, which carries a maximum sentence of 15
years in prison.

Global Day of Solidarity for the Arctic 30
Midday, Saturday 5th of October
Russian Embassy, 57 Messines Rd, Karori, Wellington

Join Greenpeace and friends at the Russian Embassy in Wellington at 57 Messines Rd,
Karori on Saturday 5th of October at 12 noon for a peaceful act of solidarity in
support of the Arctic 30.

Music on the day will come from Ariana Tikao and Imon Starr, and there will be face
painting, arts & crafts and polar bears (friendly ones!) in attendance.

The Arctic Sunrise was circling Gazprom’s Prirazlomnaya platform. The Prirazlomnoye
field was discovered in 1989. It is located on the Pechora Sea shelf 60 kilometres
off the shore of the Varandey settlement at the water depth of 19 to 20 meters. The
Prirazlomnoye field contains 72 million tons of oil reserves which translate to an
annual production level of approximately 6.6 million tons of oil.

This is the first commercial offshore oil development in the Arctic.
Following a peaceful protest in the Arctic on a Russian oil rig, armed officials of
the Russian Coast Guard stormed the Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise, holding 25
activists including two Kiwis on their knees at gunpoint. Many of the 'Arctic 30'
have been officially charged with piracy, which carries a maximum sentence of 15
years in prison.

Global Day of Solidarity for the Arctic 30
Midday, Saturday 5th of October
Russian Embassy, 57 Messines Rd, Karori, Wellington

Join Greenpeace and friends at the Russian Embassy in Wellington at 57 Messines Rd,
Karori () on Saturday 5th of October at 12 noon for a peaceful act of solidarity in
support of the Arctic 30.

Music on the day will come from Ariana Tikao and Imon Starr, and there will be face
painting, arts & crafts and polar bears (friendly ones!) in attendance.

The Arctic Sunrise was circling Gazprom’s Prirazlomnaya platform. The Prirazlomnoye
field was discovered in 1989. It is located on the Pechora Sea shelf 60 kilometres
off the shore of the Varandey settlement at the water depth of 19 to 20 meters. The
Prirazlomnoye field contains 72 million tons of oil reserves which translate to an
annual production level of approximately 6.6 million tons of oil.

This is the first commercial offshore oil development in the Arctic.
Despite a very early start, we were stoked with the fantastic turnout to our action
at the opening of the Petroleum summit! As Simon Bridges prepared to announce to
industry executives another 434,000 of land and ocean put up for oil and gas
exploration, 150+ people gathered to march to Westpac Stadium where the conference
was being held. Friends from as far away as Auckland, Dunedin and Nelson came up to
join us, and with an army of penguins, bicycles, banners and the tunes of the Brass
Razoo Solidarity Band we staged a sit in at the entrance, blocking the drive and
successfully stalling arrival of attendees. After moving aside, we continued with a
loud and vibrant ‘welcome’ as hundreds of attendees arrived and registered. We were
powerful, visually impressive and got some great positive media coverage too, even
making the 6 o’clock news! - Check out the links below. A few of us also returned in
the afternoon, and at the closing of the conference, ensuring a strong presence
of opposition throughout. Together we made it very clear that expansion of this
industry in Aotearoa will be met with resistance every step of the way! We will not
allow our climate, or our oceans and coastline to be compromised.

Again, a massive thank you to everyone who came, travelled to be there or helped
with banners and costumes. It was a hugely successful morning and we hope that it
will be only the first of many great actions together!

New Zealand Herald:

TV3 News Item:

Newstalk ZB
In September the Government announced its plans to remove the public’s right to
oppose deep-sea oil and gas exploration permits. A law change would see applications
by oil giants go through the Environmental Protection Agency, but they would be
"non-notified," which means members of the public would not get to have a say.

Around 70 protesters met outside Parliament with tape over their mouths symbolizing
Government attempts to silence public opposition on deep sea oil drilling. Climate
change group 350 Aotearoa organised the protest.

"Deep sea drilling should be a prohibited activity given that, if there is a leak
from a deep sea oil rig, the consequence for New Zealand's environment, economy and
reputation would be catastrophic. If the Government is going to recklessly allow it
to happen, then at the very least, the public should have a say on each and every
proposal," Green Party energy spokesperson Gareth Hughes said. The move follows the
controversial "Anadarko Amendment" which saw a ban on protesting at sea and is to be
introduced to the Marine Legislation Bill through a Supplementary Order Paper and
not through a select committee.
While we made our voices heard outside the Oil Summit, inside Simon Bridges
announced that the Government is of land and sea for exploration for the 2014 bid
offer.

This includes more of the Pegasus Basin off Wellington's southeast coast as well as
more of the Reinga-Northland Basin, Great South Basin, Taranaki, New Caledonia and
land areas in Taranaki, the East Coast and west Coast.

The plan has been shared with iwi, hapu and local bodies for consultation until 14th
November. The government is likely to open up these areas for bids in April next
year. Soon after this, we are likely to hear the results of who has won the right to
prospect for oil and gas as a result of the 2013 bid.

This huge expansion occurs at a time when other world agencies are saying we need to
drastically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in order to avoid catastrophic
climate change.

Oil Free Wellington’s Fi Gibson
From:

Key points:
- Warming in the climate system is unequivocal and since 1950 many changes have been
observed throughout the climate system that are unprecedented over decades to
millennia.

  • Human influence has been detected in warming of the atmosphere and the ocean, in
    changes in the global water cycle, in reductions in snow and ice, in global mean sea
    level rise, and in changes in some climate extremes. This evidence for human
    influence has grown since AR4. It is extremely likely that human influence has been
    the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century.

  • Climate change will affect carbon cycle processes in a way that will exacerbate
    the increase of CO2 in the atmosphere (high confidence). Further uptake of carbon by
    the ocean will increase ocean acidification.

  • Most aspects of climate change will persist for many centuries even if emissions
    of CO2 are stopped. This represents a substantial multi-century climate change
    commitment created by past, present and future emissions of CO2.

Read all , and (30 September).
This September the Austrian company OMV began drilling the Manaia-2 well, 80km off
the Taranaki coast. OMV and Australian company AWE plan to drill 9-11 more wells
over the next year. Sign the updated petition here:

Parihaka’s stance remains firm.
Climate Justice Taranaki has questioned all local candidates on their views on
fracking, public transport, climate change, and the oil and gas industry. They
received 19 very interesting responses:

As far as we know, Anadarko plan to drill offshore Taranaki, then Otago this summer.
So there’s plenty of scope for us in Wellington to work in solidarity with Climate
Justice Taranaki.

Deep Sea Oil Watch Auckland (DSOWA) launched the ‘Aucklanders Care’ campaign to
coincide with the end of applications by international oil companies for deep sea
oil drilling permits off the city's West Coast.

Aucklanders are being asked to put their mark on a map of Auckland to show they care
for the regions coastlines and oppose deep sea oil drilling.

“We are giving Aucklanders an opportunity to show how much they care for this city
and its famous coastlines and oppose any and all proposals to drill for oil off our
coast” said DSOWA Spokesperson Claire Dann.

The Aucklanders Care campaign can be viewed and joined at
“In the wake of unprecedented massive flooding over thousands of square miles in
Colorado, government officials and private companies [rushed] to secure the region's
heavy concentration of oil and natural gas wells, and prevent dangerous chemicals
and toxic waste from contaminating the region's water.” –
Watch this for some inspiration:
Some info on this toxic chemical, which is used as a dispersant after oil spills.

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Arohanui
The Oil Free Wellington Crew

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