Taranaki Energy Watch
- $3,195.00 donated
- 31 generous donors
Help protect communities in New Zealand from having dangerous oil and gas sites too close to their communities.
Please help us stop oil and gas companies from prospecting, drilling and fracking near our homes and schools.
Taranaki Energy Watch challenged South Taranaki District Council’s proposed oil and gas rules and has appealed to the Environment Court. Stratford District Council, New Plymouth District Council and the oil and gas companies have joined the appeal opposing Taranaki Energy Watch. There is a possibility this process will inform baselines for national standards affecting the rest of New Zealand.
We were thrilled to raise almost $40,000 from our members and supporters. The entire amount went to pay our expert witnesses for the council hearing, appealing the decision to the Environment Court, and the ongoing court mediation process. The Environment Court is set to hear the appeal from 19th- 21st March in New Plymouth.
Appeals to the Environment Court are extremely expensive. We recently received $40,000 from the Ministry for the Environment Environmental Legal Assistance Fund. This will go a long way towards paying for the expert witnesses.
We have been offered further pro bono help (totalling almost $50,000) by our lawyers and experts. However we still need to raise $20,000 to meet all our costs. Can you help us? If each our supporters pitches in $100, we can easily meet our goal.
Below is a basic outline of the Taranaki Energy Watch appeal:
- Oppose seismic surveys using explosives being a permitted activity (no consent required).
- Support separation distances to avoid risk to human health, property and the environment.
- Oppose removal of setbacks to fault lines.
- Oppose land farming (spreading of drilling waste) in the rural zone being a permitted activity.
- Oppose non-complying status for petroleum exploration and production in the Coastal Protection Area; areas of Outstanding Natural Features and Landscapes; and Residential, Township, Commercial and Industrial Zones. TEW recommends prohibited status for these areas.
Searching for oil and gas in the future is still clearly on the agenda. The new government have opened a new permit to drilling in the endangered Maui dolphin habitat, despite Jacinda Ardern calling climate change the “nuclear issue of our generation”. They are allowing seismic blasting in the prime feeding areas for the endangered blue whale.
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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