A personal message from long time environmental activist Sarah Roberts

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Dear Friends
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 has been adjourned to reconvene later in May.

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.

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.

We have raised almost $45,000 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. The Environment Court heard the appeal from 19th to 23rd March in New Plymouth, an extra 2 days on what was scheduled, and will reconvene for 3 more days.

We received $40,000 from the Ministry for the Environment Environmental Legal Assistance Fund. In evaluating our application the Panel stated that while a regional issue it has wider implications in terms of oil and gas exploration and processing and could also be considered a nationally significant issue. They noted the outcome could provide useful case law for other Councils managing the oil and gas industry.

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 $20,000 to meet all our costs.

Every little bit helps! Please share with your friends and family. Please donate now to help us stop oil and gas companies from drilling and fracking near our homes and schools.

To join Taranaki Energy Watch simply email us at taranakienergywatch@gmail.com informing us you would like to join and supplying your name and address. There is no cost. We will email you acknowledging your membership and keep you informed of our progress.

In solidarity

Sarah Roberts

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