Green Taliban loses court case

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 Anadarko’s offshore drilling permit declared erroneous in the High Court.

Greenpeace’s case was based on Anadarko’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. …  

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 Court’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.


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  • Euan Ross-Taylor

    Someone should run some TV ads ridiculing people who give these guys money to save whales when they squander such good intentions with this sort of nonsensical politicking.

  • boristhefrog


  • Jp

    comments closed on the unFairfax story,
    good that Greenpeace lost, a victory for commonsense

  • Honcho

    I honestly don’t know what greenpeace are trying to achieve?
    Bloat up the EPA with bureaucracy because some foreign busy bodies think we should? should the tax payers have to expand the EPA, create a channel for internal auditing on all submissions backed up with policy of oversight from external auditors? … expanding management in these sorts of government organisations doesn’t seem to improve outcomes, all that happens is there are less workers on the ground achieving, and more executives spinning.

    • Andy

      They are trying to stop Oil exploration.

      Plus some

      • philbest

        Patrick Moore stated publicly in 1986 at a major Greenpeace event, that “it is time to declare victory”, the air and water are getting cleaner, more forest and nature reserves are being preserved, and all that – and one of his colleagues screamed at him, “don’t you realise our mission is to destroy global capitalism”…….! And that guy got a huge round of applause.

        That’s when Moore (a founding member) decided to quit Greenpeace.

  • tarkwin

    My day just got a whole lot better for reading that. I hope they get hit real hard for costs, after all they are an evil multi – national corporation hell bent on exploiting mentally challenged tie dyed vege munching candle making sandal wearers who can’t think for themselves and have to rely on Russel to make the wrong decisions for them.

    • Tom

      Wind-chime and dreamcatcher weavers

      • blokeintakapuna

        …and crystal spinning, yogurt weavers also…

  • ozbob68

    Given the violent methods Greenpeace uses to try and get their way (Boarding russian oil rigs, ramming japanese whaling ships, parking in the way of exploration ships), shouldn’t someone take them to court under the fair trading act for using the word “peace” in their name?

    • Mr Sackunkrak

      Yeah, that’s a pity. I wonder if the Dept of Courts can lump in the cost of delousing the courtroom?

    • Tom

      If they keep it up someone may have a crack at blowing their bloody boat up. Oh, wait…

      • Kopua Cowboy

        Haha belly laugh of the day

  • Andy


  • Quinton Hogg

    Costs follow the event.
    Looking at the costs rules the costs award, on the basis the proceeding was in the 2B costing band, would be in the vicinity of $20,000.00.
    I can’t see the Judge certifying for indemnity costs.

    • Mr Sackunkrak

      Yeah, that’s a pity. I wonder if the Dept of Courts can lump in the cost of delousing the courtroom?

  • disqus_Aa7kWsb7Fp

    They brought a frivolous case they pay the man

  • cows4me

    Fucking sad isn’t it.

    • local iwi

      makes you almost feel sorry for them bludgers…NOT!

  • Col

    Wait for them to start crying a river, just wait!!!

  • timemagazine

    A nice way to start the day! So what will they do next?

  • JeffDaRef

    So in response they’ll just invent an environmental “crisis” involving the Siberian Bearded Mosquito or something similar and raise the dough to pay the bill….same as they’ve always done!!

  • philbest

    Gweenpeace does not lack for funds. They absolutely should be socked by the courts for damages at every opportunity, and hopefully the people who donate to them will get sick of their money being wasted.

  • Dave

    Slap them with costs, and have Anadarko’s lawyers get a caveat on their assets in case they try and wriggle out of costs. If they want to play in the real world, they need to learn the rules. I suggest $15 mill is a good place for Anadarko to start.