Seismic blasting operations finished but our resistance continues


In June the seismic blasting ship, the Amazon Warrior, finished its seismic blasting operations and berthed in Nelson for supplies.

Clearly we have scared them from stopping in Wellington. The two support vessels, the Maria G and Ocean Pioneer, have also left. Since November 2016 the Amazon Warrior has been exploring for oil off the coast of North Island on behalf of Statoil and Chevron.

As shared in our last update, its supply vessels have been met by protests at Wellington's port and on water it has been confronted by Te Ikaroa's Te Matau a Māui waka and Greenpeace boat Taitu. Protesters got into the water to block the vessel's path and are facing charges under the Anadarko Amendment.

Recently a piece has appeared in Norwegian newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad describing the indigenous resistance the company Statoil has faced in Aotearoa. The Norwegian government owns two thirds of the company Statoil. The oil company has a good reputation in Norway so hopefully this will begin resistance in their home country as well as here.

Oil Free Wellington will also be continuing our resistance and is planning an action to make our opposition clear to Statoil and its shareholders. The Amazon Warrior has left but we know the fight continues. Statoil and Chevron continue to search for oil - and may be back. We'll keep you informed!

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