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No new offshore oil exploration permits – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on April 12th, 2018.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced this morning that the Government would not hand out any new offshore oil and gas exploration permits through the Block Offer programme. The decision will come into force immediately with the exception of Taranaki, which will have another three years: consultation on the 2018 Block Offer, limited to onshore areas […]

Media focus on fracking following report

John Kerr posted in on November 28th, 2012.

The release of a much-anticipated report into the oil and gas extraction technique ‘fracking’ has stimulated public discussion on the regulation of the mining process in New Zealand. Parliamentary Comissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, yesterday released her report, Evaluating the environmental impacts of fracking in New Zealand: An interim report, which covers the background, […]

Seabed mining in the NZ Herald

John Kerr posted in on August 28th, 2012.

In the New Zealand Herald Andy Kenworthy takes a look at seabed mining and the EEZ – an issue covered recently in a Royal Society of New Zealand Emerging Issues Paper. An excerpt (read in full here): Seabed mining: Buried treasure, or fool’s gold? Seabed mining is the business of sucking huge amounts of sand […]

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UK, US reports link fracking and quakes

John Kerr posted in on April 20th, 2012.

The number of earthquakes in the central United States rose “spectacularly” near where oil and gas drillers disposed of wastewater underground, according to a new study. The new report from the US Geological Survey comes just days after a UK report confirmed a causal link between fracking and seismic activity at a drilling site in […]

Increased media focus on fracking

John Kerr posted in on March 19th, 2012.

The gas and oil extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing – AKA ‘fracking’ – has received increased media coverage in New Zealand recently as concerned community groups and the industry square off over potential environmental and health issues. TVNZ’s Sunday program ran a US-focused segment ‘A Fracking Mess‘ last weekend, which was followed by a […]

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Hansen lectures heat up coal mining issue

John Kerr posted in on May 13th, 2011.

Climate change expert James Hansen kicked off his nation wide lecture tour last night in Auckland. His pointed analysis of the world climate and it’s future is gaining increasing media attention and raising serious questions about how our energy choices affect New Zealand’s clean, green image. Dr James Hansen, head of the  NASA Goddard Institute […]

ODT: Easiest option on marine reserves

Peter Griffin posted in on February 3rd, 2011.

An editorial in the Otago Daily Times discusses the news that the government will establish three large marine reserves, and why it is significant. However, it also cautions that the news cannot necessarily be taken as a sign that the pace of marine preservation is improving. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Areas around the […]

Mining expert David Cliff arrives at Pike River

Peter Griffin posted in on December 1st, 2010.

Australian mining expert David Cliff has arrived at the Pike River site, as work continues to try and recover the miners’ bodies. The gag engine, a modified jet engine brought over to try put out the fire burning inside by the mine by pumping in inert, non-flammable gases and starving the fire of oxygen, is […]

Experts on potential techniques to stabilise Pike River

Peter Griffin posted in on November 25th, 2010.

UPDATED: Further explosions in the Pike River mine are possible as a volatile mix of gases prevents a rescue crew from entering the mine to retrieve the bodies of the miners who are presumed dead following a second massive explosion yesterday. A number of “inertisation” technologies, such as liquid nitrogen vapourisation are being considered to […]

Trauma expert on what Pike River miners’ families now face

Peter Griffin posted in on November 24th, 2010.

A second explosion at the Pike River mine this afternoon ended all hope of the 29 missing miners being rescued. A small West Coast community will now face the task of recovering and rebuilding following a disaster of devastating proportions. The Science Media Centre asked trauma and disaster recovery experts to comment on the challenges […]

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