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Key in Brazil wooing Petrobras

March 12, 2013 Gareth Hughes 6

Never one to turn down an opportunity to welcome a foreign oil company to drill in 100% Pure New Zealand’s waters, John Key currently in Brazil, is encouraging the Brazilian company Petrobras to return.

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More fracking good news

June 8, 2012 Gareth Hughes 38

Two positive developments out of the Hawkes Bay this week: Hastings District council has voted unanimously to take a precautionary approach when it comes to fracking, and a whānau has ‘locked their gates’ barring Tag Oil from fracking on their land; resulting in TAG Oil backing away from the proposed exploratory fracking well in the area.

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State owned enterprises shouldn’t be fracking

May 31, 2012 Gareth Hughes 2

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.

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Fracking earthquakes

April 19, 2012 Gareth Hughes 67

A new report was released this week by the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change which confirmed that two earthquakes in the Blackpool area were caused by fracking. Along with a US Geological Survey report out last week it shows scientifically there is a link between fracking and human-induced earthquakes that should concern seismically-active New Zealand.

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Mining our future

April 10, 2012 Gareth Hughes 3

I’m hitting the road with Catherine Delahunty on the Mining our Future tour. We’ll be travelling New Zealand over the coming weeks setting out the Government’s broad “drill it, mine it” agenda. We are starting with the big centres then will tour the provincial areas most affected by drilling and mining.

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