Huge oil and gas “garage sale” comes at real cost to nature

Press Release – Forest And Bird

Conservation organisation Forest & Bird says the sell-off of deep-sea drilling rights in some of New Zealands deepest waters and onshore oil and gas drilling and fracking rights in some of New Zealands most valuable areas of native forest could come … Read more »

Oil and gas Block Offers a Giant leap backwards

Press Release – Oil Free Otago

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges this morning offered more than twice the size of New Zealand up to oil and gas companies, taking another giant leap backwards and dragging the rest of us with him. Said Oil Free Otago Spokesperson Rosemary … Read more »

Climate Crime Scene as Bridges announces Block Offer

Press Release – Oil Free Wellington

Te Papa was cordoned off as a climate crime scene this morning as the fossil fuel industry gathered to hear Energy Minister and Associate Climate Change Minister Simon Bridges announce the latest Block Offer. The 2014 offer doubles the area available … Read more »

NZ energy policy: fiscal idiocy, atmospheric self-harm

Press Release – Greenpeace New Zealand

As the IPPC report predicts dire consequences for New Zealand, our politicians talk only about adaptation to Climate Change while carving up NZ for more fossil fuel exploration and maintaining an ‘all of the above’ approach to energy that even … Read more »

Block offers – paving the way for runaway climate change

Press Release – Clean Energy Action

The Government has doubled the area for oil and gas exploration, only two days after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has put out its latest report, warning that climate change is already affecting communities across the globe and … Read more »

Oil and gas block offers – a path of destruction

Press Release – Climate Justice Taranaki

“Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges this morning offered up 405,000km2 of land and sea to oil and gas companies committing his government to further crimes against the planet just two days after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change … Read more »

New Report Shows Mining and Drilling Threats to Northland

Press Release – The Tuanuku Collective

Today the Tuanuku Collective release a report that pulls together permit areas across and around the Northland region. The information comes from a wide spread of sources that have been pulled together to give the big picture. Read more »

2014 Oil and Gas Block Offer released

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today launched the third annual Block Offer foroil and gas exploration. In 2012 the Government introduced the Block Offer regime which provides an efficient, predictable and transparent process for … Read more »

Government opens eight areas for oil and gas exploration

Article – BusinessDesk

April 2 (BusinessDesk) The New Zealand government has opened eight new areas for oil and gas exploration in its 2014 Block Offer, unveiled at a petroleum conference in Wellington by Energy Minister Simon Bridges. Read more »

Fuel prices fall, but not far enough

Press Release – Automobile Association

Fuel prices fell during March, but the AA says retailers should be cutting prices further. Read more »

Government Oil Announcement Tomorrow: Greenpeace Comment

Press Release – Greenpeace

Commenting ahead of tomorrows government announcement about new oil drilling exploration areas in New Zealand, Nathan Argent, Greenpeaces chief policy advisor, said: Read more »

Locals Set To Save At New Caltex Station Road

Press Release – Chevron

Papatoetoe has welcomed Caltex to its neighbourhood, with the new facility opening its doors at 49 Station Road. Previously a Challenge service station, after two and a half weeks of refurbishment the re-branded site now offers locals AA Smartfuel … Read more »

Deepwell injections cause earthquakes

Press Release – Climate Justice Taranaki

Climate Justice Taranaki warns of the growing earthquake risks from deepwell injection (DWI) of waste fluids from oil and gas fracking and production. The Minister for Environment condemns the disposal of such waste on land but advocates for DWI instead, … Read more »

Aliens greet Petroleum & Mining Summit

Press Release – Save Happy Valley Campaign

This international ‘Fossil Fools Day’ members of the Save Happy Valley Campaign are calling for one way tickets to Mars for attendees at the Petroleum and Minerals Summit in Wellington today. Read more »

Fossil Fools Day

Press Release – Oil Free Otautahi

The first of April is well known by many to be a day of pranks. Oil Free Otautahi supporters are taking the opportunity to highlight the ‘foolishness’ of the National government’s fossil fuel agenda at a time when there are more environmental and economic … Read more »

Guidelines provide clear direction on hydraulic fracturing

Press Release – New Zealand Government

New guidelines for managing the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing support the environmentally responsible development of resources, Environment Minister Amy Adams announced today. Read more »

Government issues fracking guidelines before watchdog report

Article – BusinessDesk

March 27 (BusinessDesk) The government has issued what it says are best practice guidelines for undertaking hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, including how to undertake so-called land farming and warning that fracking fluids can migrate into drinking … Read more »

Greymouth liquidation bid seeks to extort settlement: judge

Article – BusinessDesk

March 24 (BusinessDesk) An attempt to have the Court of Appeal order the liquidation of Greymouth Petroleum was described by one of the three judges hearing the appeal as a tactic to extort the best possible price in the court-ordered sale of … Read more »

RAL and Petroleum Services to face prosecution

Press Release – Horizons Regional Council

Horizons Regional Council has completed its investigations into the diesel spill which contaminated the Makotuku River in October last year. Given the findings of the investigation, significant public interest and the impact of the spill on the … Read more »

Sharing mining royalties positive for councils, communities

Press Release – Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) supports New Zealand Firsts policy to share mineral mining royalties with local authorities, which is in line with LGNZs policy for royalties from all mining, oil and gas extraction to be shared for the benefit … Read more »

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