The Skynet (Copyright Infringing File Sharing Act) law was much criticised when it was rammed through under urgency last term and now evidence is emerging it’s simply not working.
Stuff reports that Solid Energy says it has discovered significant coal seam gas reserves in Taranaki, and acknowledges that it could face opposition from environmentalists if the methane gas is extracted using hydraulic fracturing – or fracking. It would be reckless for Solid Energy to commence fracking for coal seam gas given numerous overseas studies which have linked fracking to drinking water contamination, human health problems and earthquakes.
Solar could make a bigger contribution to New Zealand electricity supply with its price plummeting and a new international report out optimistic about the transformation of the industry.
Last week the Rena’s captain and its navigator were both sentenced to seven months’ jail after being held responsible for our worst maritime environmental disaster however, they couldn’t be charged under the Resource Management Act because they were foreign seamen.
I know you’re all dying to know the outcome of the Fifth International Parliamentarians Conference on the Implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action that I blogged about last week.