Shell has announced that they will start exploring the Great South Basin. Predictably the Green taliban are outraged.
The NZ Herald reports:
Shell’s announcement that it will drill for gas in the Great South Basin has sparked a warning from the Greens.
The party’s oceans spokesman Gareth Hughes said his party opposed all deep sea drilling as it was too risky.
“This is a particularly risky environment it’s between the roaring forties and the furious fifties. We saw one of the world’s largest oil companies Exxon Mobil pull out in 2010 because they said the conditions were too harsh and the location remote. Those conditions still exist for Shell.”
Hughes said the company was imperiling the country’s beaches at a time when New Zealanders were out enjoying them.
Really? They aren’t drilling for oil Gareth…they are drilling for gas.Â Does Gareth Hughes want to explain how gas will imperil our beaches! Â God I hope some explorer finds a trillion barrels of oil with all this drilling and we can shut the Greens up forever and wallow in our riches with hip replacements for everyone who wants one.
But country chairman for Shell New Zealand Rob Jager said an exploratory well would not be drilled for two years and in that time the company and its joint venture partners would be developing safety and environmental contingency plans.
Jager said it was impossible to eliminate all risk but it could be minimised.
Shell was expecting to find gas in the 35,000sqkm field off the Otago and Southland coast.
Jager said there was only a remote chance of finding oil in the drilling area where water depths were about 1350m.
The RFC Gareth Hughes really needs to stfu along with his other green taliban pals. There is no risk of an oil spill from gas drilling.
But since he raised his head above the parapet and the new standard for not doing something in NZ is if it is risky I wonder what his thoughts are on cycling in Auckland city?