Help stop oil and gas companies from fracking near our homes
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Help protect communities in New Zealand from having dangerous oil and gas sites too close to their communities.
Taranaki Energy Watch has been working hard to help stop oil and gas companies from drilling and fracking near our homes and schools.
We appealed the decision on oil and gas rules in the proposed South Taranaki District Council Plan to the Environment Court. The hearing began in March and is reconvening on May 31 and June 1 at the New Plymouth Courts.
Stratford District Council, New Plymouth District Council and the Petroleum Exploration and Production Association NZ (PEPANZ) joined the appeal opposing Taranaki Energy Watch. In the Court the Councils' lawyer stated that they opposed TEW’s relief and supported South Taranaki District Council. The Councils have indicated the outcome of the hearing will impact all 3 district councils’ district plans.
Thank you for your generous support. We have raised a further $5,000 towards the case making a total of $50,000 from our members and supporters. The entire amount pays our expert witnesses for the council hearing, appealing the decision to the Environment Court, and the ongoing court process.
We received $40,000 from the Ministry for the Environment Environmental Legal Assistance Fund. We applied for additional funding (upper limit $10,000) and have been awarded an extra $7900.
We have been offered further pro bono help by our lawyers and experts. However appeals to the Environment Court are extremely expensive. With the extended time and the need to call in WorkSafe to provide further evidence against the Council and companies we need to fundraise a further $15,000 to meet all our costs.
Below is a basic outline of the Taranaki Energy Watch appeal in Court:
• Oppose the Councils' and PEPANZ’s assertion that non-regulatory methods (such as landowner and oil and gas companies’ relationships) manage risk.
• Oppose Councils' and PEPANZ’s assertion that WorkSafe’s role of managing risk means that the Council does not have to consider land use matters.
• Oppose seismic surveys using explosives being a permitted activity without controls because of the effects of explosives and the risks of misfires.
• Support separation distances to avoid unacceptable risk to people from fire, explosion and toxicity.
• Support prohibited status for petroleum exploration and production activities in residential and township areas.
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Please donate now to help us stop oil and gas companies from drilling and fracking near our homes and schools.
Funds raised will be used to pay the experts to support our appeal in the Environment Court.
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Taranaki Energy Watch is a long-standing community watchdog organisation dedicated to monitoring the expansion of Taranaki's (and New Zealand's) oil and gas industry and lobbying for best practice health and safety and environmental standards.
TEW is currently challenging proposed South Taranaki District Council oil and gas rules in the Environment Court that are great for industry but endanger local communities. All the Taranaki district councils and Petroleum Exploration and Production New Zealand (PEPANZ) have joined the appeal opposing TEW.
All funds raised benefit:
Taranaki Energy Watch
Funds will be paid to a verified bank account of Taranaki Energy Watch on behalf of Taranaki Energy Watch.
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