EEZ Bill makes risky deep-sea drilling E-Z

Today the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Economic Effects) Bill (EEZ BILL) was reported back from the Local Government and Environment Select Committee.

The bill regulates activities like drilling for oil and gas in the EEZ plugging a huge legislative and regulatory gap that the Greens have called for action on for years. It’s vital that New Zealand has sound environmental management of our oceans and we voted to send the Bill to select committee where we hoped to improve it, however it wasn’t to be.

Ultimately the EEZ bill contains too many serious flaws and risks our environment so we will be opposing it in future readings. We’ll be introducing a number of amendments to try and remedy the many problems with it.

Eugenie Sage and I have outlined our views on the bill in our minority report which you can read here.

1 Comment Posted

  1. The headline for this article is deceptive to say the least: currently there are no regulations on deep sea drilling, meaning (barring permits) there is no restriction at al on deep sea drilling. So for Gareth to claim these proposed (alledgedy inadequate) regulations will somehow make it easier is disingenious at best and downright deceptive at worst.

    It is falsehoods like this from Gareth that have many rolling their eyes at the real environmental message, and Gareth should be ashamed of his deception.

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