Maritime Union doesn’t want new jobs? It’s not the first time

The tired old dinosaurs at the Maritime Union are flexing their withered muscles again.

They really don’t want more jobs, just to protect the dwindling ones they’ve got.

A global campaign against oil operator Chevron has come to New Zealand, with maritime unions saying the company has a bad record of dealing with local communities around the world.

Newly elected Maritime Union of Australia Deputy National Secretary Will Tracey, lead negotiator for the offshore oil and gas industry in Western Australia, met with a group of parliamentarians in Wellington this afternoon to raise awareness of problems that local communities have experienced with Chevron.

Chevron are a new entrant into the New Zealand oil and gas industry. The company was recently awarded three offshore exploration permits in the Pegasus Basin, in partnership with StatOil. Chevron is the operator.

Mr Tracey says that unions understand Chevron has begun consultation with their local stakeholders. ?? Read more »


Not just Russians smacking up greenie ratbags

The Russians are giving the Greenpeace ratbags a good serve at the moment but they aren’t the only ones. Chevron is running one up the lying ratbags.

In a Manhattan courtroom Tuesday, one of the highest-profile environmental campaigns of recent decades is about to be exposed as nothing more than a fraud and extortion racket ? ?greenmail.?

Chevron is suing lawyer Steven Donziger and a number of activist environmental groups in a civil-racketeering suit, claiming that his landmark $19 billion award against the oil company in an Ecuadorean court was the product of a criminal conspiracy.

Ironically, much of the company?s evidence comes from footage shot for ?Crude,? an award-winning pro-Donziger documentary that premiered with much publicity at the Sundance Film Festival.

In an eight-year suit in Ecuador, Donziger and his environmentalist allies argued that the oil company had wantonly polluted the pristine Ecuadorean rainforest, creating vast areas of poisoned land and causing huge spikes in cancer and other diseases.

The case drew vast media coverage, with pieces in The New York Times, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker; a sympathetic ?60 Minutes? piece featured the poor and sickly Ecuadorean peasants. And celebrities like Daryl Hannah embarked on some cancer tourism, hugging natives before taking her Chevron-powered jet back to Hollywood. ?? Read more »

Kiss this goodbye? You would if the Green taliban and Labour get in

The Labour flunkies and their Green taliban hangers on are all cock a hoop over the dodgy Roy Morgan poll.

People need to consider this before voting next year.

$2.2b is being spent on oil exploration in NZ – the most ever!

Of course any Government including the Greens would be waving goodbye to this sort of economic activity and thousands of jobs.

A report into the oil and gas sector says the “rubber’s finally hitting the road” with $2.2 billion about to be spent exploring around New Zealand.

The 2013?Edison Yearbook?update finds that the exploration and production sector is embarking on its most intensive and expensive campaign ever and says heavyweights not already here, but known to be interested in New Zealand, include Chevron and Woodside.

During the next 12 months there are 98 wells to be sunk, 27 of them offshore.

Activity stretches from front-end wildcat exploration campaigns targeting frontier basins through to appraisal and production drilling of established fields.? Read more »