In which the government invites anyone who can pay enough into our offshore marine environment. The Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Bill does not "protect and preserve" the environment. It states its price

TAG Oil is very excited. It wants to turn the East Coast of the North Island – “literally leaking oil and gas”!! – into the “Texas of the south”, hosting thousands of oil wells.

If you thought that the EEZ Bill, currently before select committee, would be a major weapon in the government’s armoury to protect this unique and extensive environment – if you believed what responsible Minister Dr Nick Smith has said – you were wrong.

Each country’s EEZ stretches from its coast to out to 200 nautical miles. New Zealand’s marine environment, which also includes the continental shelf, is 23 times bigger than our land environment. The EEZ Bill is supposed to protect it. However, it has what, according to the very charitable interpretation of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE), can only be a “serious error”.

The Bill is, all on its own, an environmental risk.


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Comments (3)

by Bogdan Aziri on January 17, 2012
Bogdan Aziri

Domiciliation entreprise pour les entreprises à la recherche de nouvelles solutions d'hébergement immobilières

Thank you for letting us know about this new risk. I have had the chance to visit your beautiful country in 2009, and to think they basically want to ignore this bill is alarming. Please let us know about the outcome, more people need to read about this...

Kind regards,


by Jules31 on January 21, 2012

Yes, thank you Claire for your post and link to the Forest and Bird page.   The Rena oil spill disaster should ring alarm bells for us.   It is unimmaginable contemplating an East Coast oil well accident, pumping out oil (as in the Gulf of Mexico) for Months.   It is good that Forest and Bird is onto it and making a submission.   Thank you for your advocacy.

by Manu Caddie on March 09, 2012
Manu Caddie

Just not sure what the connection between TAG Oil and the EEZ BIll is. TAG is only onshore, EEZ is only offshore. I guess they are both about oil and both having an impact on the East Coast?

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