The eco-terrorists Greenpeace have lost in court as they sought to challenge the licence to explore granted to Anadarko.
I hope they get smashed with costs.
Greenpeace has lost a bid to have the granting of Anadarkoâ€™s offshore drilling permit declared erroneous in the High Court.
Greenpeaceâ€™s case was based on Anadarkoâ€™s omission of annexes from the impact assessment it was required to submit to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to be granted a petroleum exploration permit for an area in the Taranaki Basin. … Â
The High Court ruled the evidence did not indicate any error by the EPA, and said there was no evidence that resubmitting the impact assessment supplied in the discharge management plan would achieve any meaningful objective.
A “careful and proper consideration of the completeness of the impact assessment” has been undertaken by the EPA. In addition, the impact assessment was independently and internally reviewed, Justice Mackenzie found.
The EPA welcomed the High Courtâ€™s decision, and said it was satisfied Anadarko provided sufficient information in its impact assessment on the measures it intended to take to avoid, remedy or mitigate any adverse effects on the environment.