David Clendon
Frack No! Sign the Petition

A lot of New Zealanders  have not yet heard about hydraulic fracturing (fracking), but many of those who do know something about it are worried, and rightly so!

The technique is used to extract ‘unconventional’ oil and gas – that’s industry speak for sources of hydrocarbons that until recently were deemed too expensive or difficult to extract, but as the reality of peak oil kicks in the boundaries are being pushed further out.

The technique has been implicated in serious contamination of water supplies, and a correlation has been drawn between fracking and swarms of earthquakes in at least three American states.  It has been banned in France, is under investigation in other European states, and some parts of the US.

Fracking has happened in Taranaki, and has been proposed for other parts of the country, including the East Coast and Canterbury. The industry in New Zealand is staunchly defending the practice, with John Bay, the Chair of the Petroleum Exploration and Production Association (PEPANZ), insisting that problems elsewhere were caused by ‘cowboys’, whom our government would not allow to operate here.

Given the present government’s enthusiasm for extraction of oil and gas, and their willingness to downplay the risks,  I’m less inclined to rely on them!  The fracking that has occurred in Taranaki was done without resource consents .   The Taranaki Regional Council only last month decided that perhaps there had better be a consenting process in future.

The Greens believe in evidence based policy.  Much of the evidence we are seeing indicates that fracking is  dirty, dangerous, and completely at odds with an intelligent 21st century economic or energy strategy. We want a halt to the practice until we see clear evidence that fracking really is safe, poses no threat to human health; our land, water or level of seismic activity; and that any benefits really could outweigh the costs.

I”m launching a petition that asks Parliament to initiate an independent investigation through the Office of  the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, and for an immediate moratorium on the practice until or unless the PCE can give fracking  a clean bill of health. I hope you will sign it, and encourage others to do the same.

So download the petition [PDF] here and get people signing it!

16 thoughts on “Frack No! Sign the Petition

  1. “…A lot of New Zealanders have not yet heard about hydraulic fracturing (fracking), but many of those who do know something about it are worried, and rightly so!..”

    (i’ve got ten stories/links on fracking..)

    http://whoar.co.nz/?s=frack

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  2. guys, you really need to move on from making people download a PDF to print and sign. That is a *joke* for anyone green. Do you provide an alternative e-petition for those of us who actually care? Fucking joke if not. GRRRR. If I’m wrong then please accept my sincere apologies.

    [frog: Unfortunately, petitions to Parliament still need to include physical signatures.]

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  3. Petitions to Parliament need signatures, where Submissions don’t and can be done on line.. interesting…

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  4. So despite no “unconventional” gas in New Zealand, you still want to ban fracking anyway.

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  5. I think this is THE crossover issue to get farmers and rural communities in general, who will be at risk of competition for water, to join the movement against this unwanted and unnecessary industry in NZ. That’s what we will be doing on a community level.

    In the meantime, some of us in South Canterbury (who would not normally do such things)will be taking whatever direct action we can against L&M Energy’s efforts to implement the activities allowed in their permit. We are not prepared to wait for petitions….we may have less than 6 months to stop the drilling.

    http://www.nzpam.govt.nz/services-drm-web/RetrieveDocumentServlet.svt?documentId=0AF6EE83BCC342830084AEA899827F1F&p_access_no=2C902E68FEE54735785CDCCBAF92C48A

    So far the politicians have been useless at stopping this and our legislation appears to be lacking in protecting our environment as well as being skewed against the people living in these areas. This needs fixing urgently.

    Who’s with us? I hope the Green Party, and Labour, can give this issue a big public push and catch out the sleeping National Party while the Rubber Wool Cup is on. It’s already in the media, but where is the policy? Bring it on…

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  6. In the meantime, some of us in South Canterbury (who would not normally do such things)will be taking whatever direct action we can against L&M Energy’s efforts to implement the activities allowed in their permit. We are not prepared to wait for petitions….we may have less than 6 months to stop the drilling.

    I hope by “whatver direct action we can” you don’t mean illegal activities. These guys have followed the legal due process. And you don’t have “less than 6 months”. Within 6 months they have to propose a well (or not). Drilling (which is exploration, not even appraisal) is after that. THEN they might appriase.

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  7. Dear Spam,

    You say …”And you don’t have “less than 6 months”. Within 6 months they have to propose a well (or not). Drilling (which is exploration, not even appraisal) is after that. THEN they might appriase.”

    When i read the document, steps 1 to 5 all say “within x months within commencement date of the permit the permit holder shall…”. It places a maximum time limit. It does not say, “after 6 months you shall be allowed to”…It looks to me like things could happen more quickly which is why i said “we may have less than six months to stop the drilling” .

    Use of this technology, on land, is unprecedented in NZ. How can you say they have followed the legal due process when our RMA and consenting process doesn’t even cover this activity? The crown minerals act 1991 gives L&M exclusive right to explore for Petroleum. This means that this private company, with private interests to make private profit has more rights to my property than I have, should they want to drill on my land. I wonder if the mortgage holder on the land will have something to say about this?

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  8. Use of this technology, on land, is unprecedented in NZ. How can you say they have followed the legal due process when our RMA and consenting process doesn’t even cover this activity?
    What technology? Seismic? Drilling? I believe that both require resource consend, and neither are unprecedented.

    The crown minerals act 1991 gives L&M exclusive right to explore for Petroleum. This means that this private company, with private interests to make private profit has more rights to my property than I have, should they want to drill on my land. I wonder if the mortgage holder on the land will have something to say about this?
    Its not like you wouldn’t be compensated. However, I do find it incredibly ironic that someone with a green bent is concerned about government powers being used remove property rights from private citizens, when the greens love to do that at every opportunity!

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  9. I was very heartened to see the Green candidate Geoff Steedman withdraw his allegations against Tag oil, and also recognize that deep fracking, as as been practised in New Zealand to date, is fairly safe:

    “I’ve learnt a lot more about it. Basically if it is going down really deep, it is not likely to be a problem but if it is near the surface, there is always a risk.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/5752170/Oil-company-pollution-claims-withdrawn

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  10. Fairly safe then, that’s great, what a relief for us in Canterbury. Case closed, nothing to see here…move on.

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  11. Check out the doco ‘Gasland’ for an in-depth look at the horrors of fracking going on throughout the USA; drinking water, well, river and ground contamination on a MASSIVE scale – all for $ bills. http://www.gaslandthemovie.com is available on DVD and isohunt.com – a really fascinating and terrifying movie length doco.

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