Oil and gas drilling in marine sanctuaries
It appears both National and Labour support exploration of oil and gas in the marine sanctuary that is home to the critically endangered Maui 's dolphin.
What are members views about oil and gas drilling in any marine sanctuary?
Other discussions specifically on the Maui's dolphin
Rangi Kemara Sat 28 Jun 2014 6:41AM
There will no doubt be a wide range of views in IP, ranging from the green ideology of no drilling for oil and gas, through to the more pragmatic; just do enough to save the dolphins.
If IP merely takes a stance on the dolphins rather than some sort of fuller position on marine sanctuaries, that does not rule out some sort of fracked up relocation attempt of the dolphins, which as we have seen was the case with the giant snails at the Stockton mine in Westport ( see: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC1111/S00022/snail-fridge-deaths-an-avoidable-tragedy.htm
), still raises the chance considerably of dolphins being wiped out by a mitigation attempt, and the end result is dead dolphins and a blasted sanctuary.
Hugh Sat 23 Aug 2014 5:32AM
We should be focused on moving away from extracting natural resources. It's good to have some diversification in the economy, but it shouldn't be at the expense of our environment.
Bruce Kirk Tue 26 Aug 2014 6:05AM
Definitely NOT! Why/How can it be called a sanctuary if the very environment under the dolphins is drilled/fracked/blown up/drained by the few, (mostly overseas govt. types) of people while we sit back and let our resources get sucked out of NZ to go overseas until we are bled dry. Possibly killing our dolphins in the process!
Bruce Kirk Tue 26 Aug 2014 6:18AM
If the earth were a bank oil & gas would be the last deposits I would take ever out, They are worth the most because they cannot be replaced. Others can be renewed. If we allow it now then what of future generations? NZ will be like a dry prune worth nothing.
Bruce Kirk Tue 26 Aug 2014 6:49AM
John key did not decide, he was TOLD "We are coming" and "We are drilling where we want". He rolled over like a dog wanting a belly rub.
There was a bill passed through govt. a while back that basically stated that these oil companies no longer needed to inform the public about these matters if they do not wish to and also limits govt actions. Whoever these 'powers that be' are they brushed johnny aside like a bit of fluff.
Merryn Bayliss · Sat 28 Jun 2014 5:45AM
I don't support oil and gas drilling anywhere. We should be investing in green energy technologies, not fossil fuels, which cause pollution.