Anadarko

I just can’t stand the hypocrisy

We are all allowed our own world view.  And political parties have different ways of trying to solve what is essentially the same problem.  But protesting against oil, gas and mining while not actually being able to protest nor get the message out about your protest unless you use everything that resource extraction has given humanity is impossible.

The result?   These hippy-crites truly believe they can fight for peace / fuck for virginity.

Gareth Hughes as the Arch Hypocrite of the New Zealand Green Taliban / Credit: whaleoil.co.nz

Gareth Hughes as the Arch Hypocrite of the New Zealand Green Taliban / Credit: whaleoil.co.nz

Gareth Hughes, you don’t speak for us

Newstalk ZB staff reports

Hughes to Anardarko: Wish you weren’t here

Wish you weren’t here. That’s the message Green MP Gareth Hughes is taking to United States oil giant Anadarko in a new campaign against offshore drilling.

Mr Hughes is travelling the country with a billboard take-off of an Auckland street artist’s work.

He says it is a message on behalf of New Zealanders who are opposed to oil and gas drilling.

“The Government’s done everything they can to bend over backwards for the industry. We’ve tried on many occasions to convince the Government to stop this risky practice.

“We’re sending Anadarko a message they’re not welcome in New Zealand.”

Garry, I don’t know why you are so keen on New Zealand remaining an impoverished nation while we’re sitting on resources and the means to do something about it.

You are a complete Luddite.   Read more »

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. …   Read more »

Rodney Hide on Jeanette Fitzsimons

Rodney Hide gives Jeanette Fitzsimons a lashing in the Herald.

We need to drag green hypocrites out from behind their shield of sanctimony.

I have known Jeanette Fitzsimons for more than 30 years. Back then, she was worrying we were running out of oil and gas. She’s now popped up as co-skipper of the protest vessel Vega trying to make it difficult for Anadarko to find more.

Her worry used to be that we were running out. Now her worry is that we are finding too much.

It’s a total back-flip but her solution remains the same – we must give up the good life and de-industrialise.

The flip-flops from the green taliban would get them life long jobs in the Cirque du Soleil. Global warming and pending ice age turned into Global Warming and roasting to death which now has turned into Climate Change. Peak Oil was supposed to have happened years ago and yet we keep on finding more and more.

At a seminar all those years ago, Jeanette explained that she was awoken to a world of worry by The Limits to Growth. The book had rocked me too. With Rachel Carson’s Since Silent Spring and Paul Ehrlich’s Population Bomb, it made me a hard-core Greenie and set me off studying environmental science to save the world.

But by the time I got to attend Jeanette’s seminar, I knew the studies were deeply flawed. Wider study, plus the failure of their predictions, had revealed that.

I’d also had the benefit of working on North Sea oil rigs and seeing first-hand the incredible ingenuity and engineering that had opened up new and exciting oil fields never thought possible.    Read more »

Labour at sixes and sevens over oil prospecting

Labour seems to splitting over oil prospecting.

Stuff reports:

The standoff over deep sea drilling off the Raglan coast is threatening a split in Labour.

Labour MP Shane Jones has backed oil drilling giant Anadarko in a move which puts him at odds with other members of the caucus, including environment spokeswoman Moana Mackey who today called for a slow down in the mineral exploration programme.

Jones has made no secret of his pro-mining stance and has taken potshots at the Green Party over its anti-mining stance.  But he could also find himself increasingly at odds with many in grassroots Labour as well.

Speaking on Maori TV’s Te Kaea tonight, Jones was outspoken about attempts to stop Anadarko from deep sea drilling and said the protesters should remember that the company had a statutory right to be there.

“Protesters need to bear in mind we are buying oil out of the Gulf of Mexico and other far-flung places when we should be focusing on making an industry in our own country.”

Anadarko was spending a million dollars a day on its programme and that was good for New Zealand, Jones said.  Read more »

Greenpeace hippy-crites run from bad weather

Just hours after declaring they were there to stay to prevent Anadarko starting their project drilling test wells, a project that will generate wealth in the form of jobs and skills, they have decided to cll it quits and run for shelter.

Their enablers at the NZ Herald explain about their volte-face:

The offshore protest against Anadarko’s deep sea oil exploration will come to an end today as Greenpeace takes the battle to court.

Translated, the real meaning is…”The weather looks like it is getting worse, so now might be a good time to leave, quick let’s find a plausible story for why we’re cutting and running.”  Read more »

Ahoy! Thar be Taniwha

Looks like taniwha are swimming in our territorial waters.

Raglan Maori are also among those opposed to Anadarko’s presence.

Tainui hapu environmental spokeswoman Angeline Greensill said they were considering legal action after the arrival of the gargantuan drillship on Tuesday.

The hapu has threatened to issue a trespass notice on the oil drilling company, which it says is drilling in Tainui’s customary fishing waters.

“They are actually within our customary fishing area of the whole west coast, so we’re just contemplating going out ourselves. They need to be served notice that they are trespassing on our rohe moana (ocean boundary).”  Read more »

The Huddle

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I was on the Huddle last night with Larry Williams and Josie Pagani

We covered  the Ewan MacDonald parole denial. Sounds like a good decision. I’m sure had he not been tried for the murder of his brother-in-law he might have had a chance of getting out this early into his sentence. The most bizarre part of this though was his lawyer after the decision was released, he made this speech to the media (while almost in tears) asking for the privacy of McDonald’s children to be respected and to just report on the day’s proceedings and not do anything else. Doesn’t sound like he has a great lawyer – I mean using the Brown Defence is a bit demeaning.

Then we’ve got some odd group from Christchurch taking the South Taranaki district council to court over putting fluoride in the water…as a test case. They say it’s unlawful for the council to do this, and that the legislation allowing them to is outdated and based on old bad science. They are an outfit from Christchurch obviously with too much time on their hands trying to stop fluoridation all around the country. I’d say they need to find something better to do. But hey, who knows what will happen in the outcome.   Read more »

The Huddle at 1740

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I am on the Huddle tonight with Larry Williams and Josie Pagani

So tonight we’ve got the Ewan MacDonald parole denial. Sounds like a good decision. I’m sure had he not been tried for the murder of his brother-in-law he might have had a chance of getting out this early into his sentence. The most bizarre part of this though was his lawyer after the decision was released, he made this speech to the media (while almost in tears) asking for the privacy of McDonald’s children to be respected and to just report on the day’s proceedings and not do anything else. Doesn’t sound like he has a great lawyer – I mean using the Brown Defence is a bit demeaning.  Read more »

Greenpeace doesn’t speak for me

I normally don’t link to or repeat anything corporate whore Matthew Hooton has to say, but he redeemed himself a little over the Roastbusters issue.

He has written an article at NBR about Greenpeace, declaring that Greenpeace does not speak for him.

They were there, they said, for everyone.

This week, Greenpeace chief executive Bunny McDiarmid led a self-described flotilla to try to stop Texas-based company Anadarko from exploring for oil off the West Coast of the North Island. The effort, according to Ms McDiarmid, was “in defence of our oceans, future generations, our climate and our coastline.”

Her sidekick, former Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons, went further, claiming to speak for all living creatures.

Both insist Anadarko is not welcome in our waters.

For a sailing nation – sometimes said to have more boats than people – the flotilla was surprisingly small. Of the thousands of vessels at Westhaven, Chaffers Marina and elsewhere in the North Island, only six set out. Of them, only one tried to get close, Greenpeace’s Vega, co-skippered this time by Ms McDiarmid and Ms Fitzsimons.   Read more »