Written By: - Date published: 8:32 pm, October 14th, 2013 - 239 comments
Categories: accountability, Conservation, disaster, Mining, same old national, slippery, spin, sustainability - Tags: simon bridges
This must be one of the worst “interviews” given by an NZ cabinet minster.
He clearly was aiming for the John Key style of fast talking, hand waving, talk over the other person style of aggressive interview technique. However, Simon Bridges has less of the practiced, used car salesman style of slippery evasion and attack. Less subtley and all his non-answers there for all to see.
Last week Campbell Live presented the arguments against deep sea oil drilling off the Otago cosat and the Kaikouras.
It is a balancing act – big, foreign oil, and us.
Next month, texan oil giant Anadarko begins the process of drilling deep sea exploration wells off the Taranaki and Otago coasts. In December, they’ll go exploring off Kaikoura.
That’s the same Anadarko that owned a 25 percent stake in the well that so disastrously exploded in 2010, spilling 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
In Kaikoura, many people view Anadarko’s arrival with trepidation. This is a community defined by the sea and its relationship with it. They’re not as confident as the Government Anadarko will get it right.
Tonight Simon Bridges finally fronted up to Campbell Live, allegedly to answer some questions. As it turned out, Bridges could only shout, bluster, spin superficial arguments and attempt to divert. He kind of defended Anadarko’s record in the Gulf of Mexico, repeating Anadarko’s “passive shareholder” line and saying they have an excellent record. Then Bridges says he wasn’t there to defend Anadarko. Bridges claimed the government had a layered set of safety procedures in place, but wouldn’t answer specific questions.
Excellent piece of work on deep water drilling
@JohnJCampbell , Simon Bridges out of his depth, “rigorous process” polemic a shallow defence
Bridges side-stepped the issue of the dangerous depths of the planned drilling off the Kaikoura coast.he talks about preventitive measures and the procedres to get a permit, but doesn’t really answer about response measures in place to deal with a spill.
And, after Bridges complained Campbell just presented the negative view of the oil drilling industry and Anadarko, Bridges asked if there had been one comment in favour of the drilling in his report. Actually the programme last week did present statements from an Anadarko person.
But last week it had focused on the views of the locals in the Kaikouras. Tonight’s interview ended with Bridges being asked if he had any evidence of comments from Kaikoura people in favour of the drilling. Bridges said “No.”
This is the ugly, angry, spinning face of John Key’s government.
[Update]: Youtube video of the interview