Anti-drilling messages for MPs

BRITTANY MANN
Last updated 13:56 20/03/2014
DRILLING OPPOSED: A crowd at Parliament in support of the Greens' campaign heard from Hughes, Greenpeace and Oil Free Wellington.
BRITTANY MANN

DRILLING OPPOSED: A crowd at Parliament in support of the Greens' campaign heard from Hughes, Greenpeace and Oil Free Wellington.

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Thousands of messages opposing deep-sea drilling have reached the steps of Parliament.

After spending the summer joining protests and gathering submissions, Green Party oceans spokesman Gareth Hughes is vowing to deliver them to Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges.

"I'm just a conduit for the thousands of New Zealanders who have looked at what John Key and Anadarko are offering and said 'no thanks'," Hughes said.

A crowd at Parliament in support of the Greens' campaign heard from Hughes, Greenpeace and Oil Free Wellington.

Thirty people held up messages opposing Anadarko's exploration, which has ended for the time being.

"No dirty deals with dirty drillers," and "It's just not Kiwi", the signs said, before they were inverted to reveal a seven-metre montage of what a clean energy future might look like.

Texan oil multinational Anadarko began drilling in the Taranaki Basin off Raglan in November last year.

It also drilled in the Canterbury Basin, and has a permit to continue to explore the Pegasus Basin, between Kaikoura and Wellington.

The Greens say deep-sea drilling "isn't worth the risk" of potential environmental damage.

They have said there is a 1 in 35 chance of spillage and "the Government's own reports show 90 per cent of any profits made from oil drilling will go offshore".

Anadarko has so far failed to discover oil or gas deposits and its vessel, the Noble Bob Douglas, recently returned to the Gulf of Mexico.

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