Press Release: Frack Free Kapiti
Members of Frack Free Kapiti will be picketing the launch of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environments report: “Drilling for Oil and Gas in NZ: Environmental over site and regulation”. This Wednesday at 12.30 outside the Commissioner’s office.
We state that:
Irrespective of regulation, this form of gas production and its long term toxic pollutants can never be deemed safe nor environmentally sustainable in New Zealand.
We ask that those in power take note of the most recent scientific and evidence based information available about Shale and tight sand gas production and their biologically hazardous long term affects.
The toxic waste and other production pollutants i.e. truck emissions, noise, gas emissions will have long term impacts on air and water quality, as well as land structure and ecology, creating long term problems for our communities.
[In Colorado recent floods have unleashed toxic fracking waste products. With the changing climate patterns and the increased flooding in New Zealand over the last few years can we afford to take this risk?]
That no economic advantage can out strip the right of New Zealanders’ entitlement to health and safety. The long term negative health effects on areas where shale and tight sand gas exploration and production occur have already begun to appear. [Payouts and law suits are now being won overseas, is ACC ready to take on the responsibility for paying out on already proven health problems generated by this industry?]
Other industries imperative to New Zealand’s economic well being will be put at permanent risk: Primary Industries such as the wine & beer industry, the dairy Industry, our tourist Industry, as well as other organic industries that require quality water and non toxic land could be destroyed. Many European countries are now rejecting fracking based on its negative impacts on their already well established primary industries.
In fact the latest information from America is that the cost of shale gas production does not provide enough fiscal benefit, that new wells are not producing anywhere near the predicted amounts of gas. The US Energy Information Administration has stated that there is a 96% decrease in the amount of recoverable oil than was first estimated by the industry. [More Methane is released than was first predicted. Methane is 86 times more damaging than CO2 over a 20-year period. (University California March 12, 2014)]