by Gareth Hughes
Oil spill modelling released by Greenpeace today should be a wake-up call to the National Government who must immediately abandon its risky deep sea drilling agenda. Greenpeace today launched an innovative new website which tracks possible oil spills off the Taranaki and Otago coasts.
Greenpeace also released Trajectory analysis of deep sea oil spill scenarios in New Zealand waters, a report analysing the effects of oil spills from the two areas Anadarko is planning to drill exploratory wells this summer. Now that Anardarko have released their environmental impact assessment report both Greenpeace and Anardarko agree we could see oil hitting Kiwi beaches, including iconic beaches like Piha. It’s clear a large scale oil spill would have catastrophic consequences for New Zealand’s environment and economy.
The Government is simply not prepared for a spill like the 600,000 tonne oil spill we saw in the Gulf; we don’t have the capacity to deal with an underwater leak, key equipment is stored on the other side of the world and Maritime New Zealand has nominated only 5500 tonnes as their response target.
Greenpeace’s oil spill modelling highlights what’s at risk from deep sea drilling and why we must stop it and instead turn our attention to clean energy.