Residents upset over new well site

Michele Ong, Taranaki Daily News, writes: A group of angry Stratford residents who believe they were not properly consulted over a proposed new well site showed up in full force at an independent hearing yesterday. The matter was heard before commissioner Greg Carlyon at the Stratford District Council in determining whether Tag Oil had acted…

Taranaki Regional Councillor replies…

I attended the Policy and Planning Committee meeting at Taranaki Regional Council, as I have over the six years I have been a councillor. Just before the meeting, councillors received an email from Ms Roberts, seeking to make a submission on a number of issues, including the development of freshwater quality limits. Ms Roberts contended…

Reply from Taranaki Regional Council

Gary Bedford, Director – Environment Quality, Taranaki Regional Council responded to my submission in an email (5th September). “Dear Sarah I acknowledge your email and attachment. Upon reading your attachment it appears you have substantially mis-interpreted or mis-represented the agenda items to which you have referred. You are encouraged to re-read these, and in doing…

Public losing their rights…

The public are not wanted! It was recently reported the public could lose their right to have a say on oil drilling off-shore. Environment Minister Amy Adams is promoting a law change excluding the public from the process by making the applications ‘non-notified’. It is no different on-shore. This year Cheal Petroleum Limited (Tag Oil), Todd…