STOS Offshore Drilling – Say NO!
Our big blue backyard is not their toxic waste dump!
Well actually, it is at the moment and adding your name here could help stop Shell Todd drilling another 22 wells off the Maui platforms!
We have just 4 days to have a say, it is quick and easy, just go to the following address and fill in the form.
We are raising our voices in opposition to the marine consent application by Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS) for further drilling on the Māui platforms off the Taranaki coast. If granted, the consent would enable Shell-Todd to drill 22 new side-tracked wells and continue gas extraction and production for another 35 years. This is not our future! Instead of drilling for more fossil fuels, we need to take action on climate change right now, reduce our energy consumption and move to renewable energy and a just and sustainable future. Please take a minute to make a submission and become a defender of the dolphins, whales, our coastlines and climate. Climate Justice Now!
Your submission will go directly to the Environmental Protection Authority and also to Shell-Todd (which is a legal requirement). Submissions close at 5pm on 24th February 2015. Please make sure you provide your full postal address (which is required by the EPA).
- The proposed activity does not meet the purpose of the EEZ Act which is to promote sustainable management of natural resources.
- The impact assessment (IA) does not provide adequate assessment of effects, especially cumulative effects, of the activity on the environment and existing interests, notably effects from the wide range of contaminant discharges over the consent duration.
- The IA does not provide any thorough assessment or assurance of the integrity of existing and new structures associated with the activity, considering the increasing extreme weather events (due to climate change) and changing ocean chemistry. The approved Safety Cases for Maui-A and B have not been amended to take into account all the activities proposed.
- The drilling program will further threaten the habitats and survival of threatened species, notably the Maui’s dolphin and Blue whale. The government should apply the precautionary principle to honour New Zealand’s obligation under the Convention of Biological Diversity and the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development 1992.
- The risks to marine life, coastal ecosystems, fisheries, local livelihoods and economy are too great if a major hydrocarbon spill occurs.
- The need to keep fossil fuels in the ground, reduce energy use and transition onto renewable energy to meet the target of 2 degree C increase in global air temperature, to avert catastrophic climate change.
Make an online submission here.