Sharechat Logo

Closed-shop consenting for oil exploration sub-standard, EDS says

Tuesday 30th April 2013

Text too small?

New Zealand will not be able to claim "world class" oil and gas sector regulation if it pushes ahead with a plan that would stop public hearings on resource consents for oil exploration in the country's Exclusive Economic Zone, says the Environmental Defence Society.

The commitment to world class regulation was in conflict with a proposed process which would see applications for exploration with the country's 200 nautical mile EEZ not requiring public notification or submissions, and handled by the "politically appointed" Environmental Protection Authority.

"There would be no opportunity for third parties to be heard by an independent hearings panel, no opportunity to question the applicant on its environmental record or intentions, and no opportunity to call expert evidence on the environmental effects of the exploration activity," said EDS chair Gary Taylor.

His comments come after Energy Minister Simon Bridges unveiled the 2013 block offer for oil and gas exploration, including some 190,000 square kilometres of offshore acreage, much of it in the EEZ.

"Public scrutiny is an essential component of best practice environmental regulation. A closed-shop consenting regime is not transparent and raises the possibility of agency capture and political influence," said Taylor.

"Given the extreme consequences if something goes wrong this is quite unacceptable."

While EDS did not oppose oil and gas exploration, but "we want to see best practice out there to protect our ocean and coastlines."

  General Finance Advertising    

Comments from our readers

No comments yet

Add your comment:
Your name:
Your email:
Not displayed to the public
Comments to Sharechat go through an approval process. Comments which are defamatory, abusive or in some way deemed inappropriate will not be approved. It is allowable to use some form of non-de-plume for your name, however we recommend real email addresses are used. Comments from free email addresses such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc may not be approved.

Related News:

PCT - Delivering on strategy underpins strong operating result
KFL - August 2020 monthly update
BRM - August 2020 monthly update
MLN - August 2020 monthly update
Further COVID-19 Restrictions at SkyCity’s New Zealand Properties
FY20 results guidance met, Results date, Banking Facility
Sky sells OSB assets to NEP NZ, secures 10 year partnership
NZX fully operational - announcement re COVID-19
Heartland Market Update
Steel & Tube Fy20 Trading Update

IRG See IRG research reports