David Cunliffe has developed a habit of lying, or to be generous deliberately misconstruing facts.
His latest clanger is to annouce that there is 70% risk of an oil spill and that Labour has discovered secret documents that prove it. Both are lies.
Of course the Herald dutifully reported Cunliffe’s lies as though they are fact:
Labour claims the Government has kept secret the real risk of a major oil spill at Anadarko’s proposed Kaikoura drilling site.
Labour Leader David Cunliffe says documents obtained under the Official Information Act show Environment Minister Amy Adams had international research 13 months ago that shows there would be a 70 per cent probability of a `reportable incident’ at the 1500m-deep Kaikoura well within a year of it opening.
Reportable incidents covers fire, vessel collision, injury, death, or pollution, including oil spills.
They were seven times more likely at the depth proposed off Kaikoura – and Raglan where a similar operation is planned – than the 300m depths drilled to off Taranaki, Mr Cunliffe said.
Mr Cunliffe alleged Ms Adams went to “great lengths” to keep the information from the public, telling Parliament there was a “very low” risk of a large scale oil spill occurring.
“This is a deliberate attempt by a relevant minister to deny the public information which is absolutely crucial to a mature debate on this issue.
“To know it is seven times more likely to have a serious incident on a deep sea exploration drill than an inshore drill is a very important fact to know.
“The Government needs to be honest about the risks of deep sea oil drilling, especially when the Kaikoura community and the wider public hold serious reservation’s about Anadarko’s plans.” Read more »