All sorted, Taranaki oil and gas workers have a lifeline

Taranaki oil and gas workers have received a lifeline for their future employment: Quote:

The Northern Territory government has lifted a ban on hydraulic fracturing of onshore gas that will open up more than half of the territory’s land mass to the controversial practice.

The first exploration fracking by petroleum companies is expected to occur early next year after the implementation of a regulatory regime and new laws, which the government insists will be strict.

The issue has sharply divided territorians, many of whom believe fracking threatens water supplies, but the chief minister, Michael Gunner, said on Tuesday the industry would create jobs. End quote.

Yes, jobs for Taranaki workers abandoned by our government. Quote:

An independent report handed down by Justice Rachel Pepper last month found the risks associated with hydraulic fracturing of gas deposits could be managed and regulated.

Gunner said the government had accepted all 135 of the inquiry’s recommendations, including about no-go zones.

“Forty-nine per cent of the Territory will be ‘frack-free’, including in national parks, conservation areas, Indigenous protected areas, towns, residential and strategic assets, and areas of high cultural, environmental or tourism value,” he said.

“We promised an independent, scientific inquiry after which we would either ban fracking or allow it in highly regulated circumstances in tightly prescribed areas.

“We have kept our promise. We have accepted the key finding of the report – that if all the recommendations are implemented the risk from fracking can be reduced to an acceptable level.”

In the rest of the NT, which measures 1.42m sq kms, strict laws and regulations would protect areas and the independent Environment Protection Authority and environment minister would sign off on any fracking.

Environmental groups and scientists have pressed the Labor government to keep the fracking moratorium it introduced, arguing it would adversely affect water, land and public health. The federal government has urged the NT government to allow the economic exploitation of its gas resources.  End quote

So, it is a Labor government allowing exploration. Good on them. They obviously remember their roots are with working people.

I’m glad a Labour party has managed to save the workers of Taranaki. It’s just a shame they will move to Northern Territory. 


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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