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Submission on Fracking

02 December, 2013

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment
PO Box 10-241
Wellington 6143
New Zealand

Submitted by:   Richard Keller

Fracking in New Zealand

Overview

The need to restrict use of fossil fuels has never been clearer worldwide.  Yet, the New Zealand government is consistently and openly making rules which favour the oil and gas industry through so-called ‘streamlining’ legislative and consenting processes.  As the electorate continues to back the government it is imperative for the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment and others in leadership roles to work to restrict fossil fuels.  Fracking is one of the major new aggressive means the government is using to overcome moves to restrict use of fossil fuels.  Fracking is also hazardous to the local environment and its peoples.

Recommendations

  1. The best response is an outright ban on fracking in NZ.
  2. Until a ban is implemented, a moratorium on fracking should be put in place until risks and hazards are researched, monitored with transparent systems, and disaster management regulations in place.
  3. Accompanying this should be the development of an effective energy transition strategy away from fossil fuels toward well known sustainable energy sources.
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