Speak up! An urgent call for submission from Frack Free Kapiti.
There is an urgent call for submission from Frack Free Kapiti. Oil and gas industry development must Stop in our Blue Whale and Maui's Dolphin neighbourhoods. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, 29 July at 5 pm.
Below is an urgent call for submission from Frack Free Kapiti.
Oil and gas industry development must Stop in our Blue Whale and Maui's Dolphin neighbourhoods.
An Austrian-owned oil company (OMV) has applied to develop seven more oil wells from its Maari platform between Farewell Spit and South Taranaki. We, the NZ public, have less than one week to register our opinion with the Environmental Protection Authority regarding OMV's application, so make your opinion count.
The Quick Option:
Fill in the EPA's online form with your details, tick the DECLINE box, cut and paste the suggested text below, and/or add your own, tick the I wish to speak (or not) and press send.
I believe the OMV New Zealand Limited Application should be declined because not enough information has been provided regarding the environmental impacts the proposed development will have on the biological diversity and integrity of marine species, ecosystems, and processes; nor on the rare and vulnerable ecosystems and the habitats of threatened species. No impact reports have been furnished regarding the harm seismic testing and drilling vibrations are known to have done to whales and dolphins and impact on Blue Whales and Maui's Dolphins has not been detailed when it is known they are threatened species in the environment under consideration.
OMV assert their approach to disposal of thousands of cubic meters of contaminated waste is the 'disperse and dilute' option. Included in the list of waste going overboard is 'completion fluid'. Although content details are not given, it is widely known this type of fluid has ingredients that are toxic to marine life in minute doses. If a catastrophic spill was to occur, the impact on our marine environment, the coastal communities and the short and long term economic impacts on those communities have not been addressed. And as Coexit is the dispersant included in the Maritime cleanup plan, the impact of Coexit on the health of the marine environment and the human communities, both short and long term, needs to be detailed before an informed decision can be made on behalf of our communities. The EPA is empowered to consider cumulative effects, and I am concerned about the cumulative effects of these seven additional wells, taken together with the already existing oil and gas activities in the area.
The economic benefits verses the costs and economic effects of the risks are also not clear for our communities, especially as these extracted and processed oil resources will go direct to overseas markets, not ours.
The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, 29 July at 5 pm.
More about OMV's application here:
See also Climate Justice Taranaki's press release and suggested points for submissions: http://climatejusticetaranaki.info
CJT's full submission will also be available on the website soon.
And The Not So Quick Option:
Take some time to look through the information on the EPA's website, the Exclusive Economic Zone Act criteria below, and other information you may have before making a submission. OMV is making an application to the EPA for Marine Consent under the EEZ Act S.22 'Planned petroleum activitiesmay commence and continue' but that doesn't necessarily mean they'll get it...maybe.
(a) The EEZ Act says you have to do it on the EPA's prescribed form (whether on or off-line)
(b) EEZ Act - full legislation here at (there's lots of interest about process and EPA's powers and duties, if you have time.)
(c) The 'submitters' friend' appointed by EPA is firstname.lastname@example.org ph 0800 426 843. He can't comment on what you submit but can help on process/how to do it etc.
(d) Deadline is Tuesday 29 July 2014 at 5 pm - by law so take seriously. If necessary, put in short one on the issues you are concerned about and provide evidence later before the hearing, or just verbally at the hearing. Tick box to speak at hearing, you can always drop out later if you decide not to.
(e) Relevant bits of EEZ Act to focus on in your submission are 10 Purpose of the Act and 50 the things EPA is allowed to consider. Link your concerns to these points so they are able to hear them.
(1) The purpose of this Act is to promote the sustainable management of the natural resources of the exclusive economic zone and the continental shelf.
(2) In this Act, sustainable management means managing the use, development, and protection of natural resources in a way, or at a rate, that enables people to provide for their economic well-being while-
(a) sustaining the potential of natural resources (excluding minerals) to meet the reasonably foreseeable needs of future generations; and
(b) safeguarding the life-supporting capacity of the environment; and
(c) avoiding, remedying, or mitigating any adverse effects of activities on the environment.
(3) In order to achieve the purpose, decision-makers must-
(a) take into account decision-making criteria specified in relation to particular decisions; and
(b) apply the information principles to the development of regulations and the consideration of applications for marine consent.
Also relevant - S.12 Treaty of Waitangi, which validates a Maori perspective and requires consultation and S.11 International obligations
This Act continues or enables the implementation of New Zealand's obligations under various international conventions relating to the marine environment, including-
(a) the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982:
(b) the Convention on Biological Diversity 1992.
S.59 Environmental Protection Authority's consideration of application
(1) This section and sections 60 and 61 apply when the Environmental Protection Authority is considering an application for a marine consent and submissions on the application.
(2) The EPA must take into account-
(a) any effects on the environment or existing interests of allowing the activity, including-
(i) cumulative effects; and
(ii) effects that may occur in New Zealand or in the waters above or beyond the continental shelf beyond the outer limits of the exclusive economic zone; and
(b) the effects on the environment or existing interests of other activities undertaken in the area covered by the application or in its vicinity, including-
(a) the effects of activities that are not regulated under this Act; and
(b) effects that may occur in New Zealand or in the waters above or beyond the continental shelf beyond the outer limits of the exclusive economic zone; and
(c) the effects on human health that may arise from effects on the environment; and
(d) the importance of protecting the biological diversity and integrity of marine species, ecosystems, and processes; and
(e) the importance of protecting rare and vulnerable ecosystems and the habitats of threatened species; and
(f) the economic benefit to New Zealand of allowing the application; and
(g) the efficient use and development of natural resources; and
(h) the nature and effect of other marine management regimes; and
(i) best practice in relation to an industry or activity; and
(j) the extent to which imposing conditions under section 63 might avoid, remedy, or mitigate the adverse effects of the activity; and
(k) relevant regulations; and
(l) any other applicable law; and
(m) any other matter the EPA considers relevant and reasonably necessary to determine the application.
(3) The EPA must have regard to-
(a) any submissions made and evidence given in relation to the application; and
(b) any advice, reports, or information it has sought and received in relation to the application; and
(c) any advice received from the Māori Advisory Committee.
(4) When considering an application affected by section 74, the EPA must also have regard to the value of the investment in the activity of the existing consent holder.
(5) Despite subsection (3), the EPA must not have regard to-
(a) trade competition or the effects of trade competition; or
(b) the effects on climate change of discharging greenhouse gases into the air; or
(c) any effects on a person's existing interest if the person has given written approval to the proposed activity.
Note 5(b) (!!) so if you really want to write about contribution to climate change, suggest you say, 'I know the Act says you can't consider but I am very concern about.."
Climate Justice Taranaki