Let’s focus on the issues- water quality and TRC

In response to recent Letters to the Editor let’s focus on the issues. Water quality and the Taranaki Regional Council.  The dairy and ever-expanding oil and gas sector in Taranaki place increasing pressure on the environment particularly with direct discharge to water. Freshwater quality limits are being determined nationally. The Ministry for Environment (MFE) upgraded…

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…

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment

I am campaigning for the development of a Taranaki-wide energy plan implementing regulations and monitoring practice to the highest standards following the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s final report at the end of the year. The interim report on fracking widened the scope of the investigation to include the period of time from the beginning…