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Oil prospecting on the shores of Lake Te Anau?

Written By: - Date published: 3:10 pm, March 22nd, 2017 - 22 comments
Categories: accountability, activism, climate change, Conservation, energy, global warming - Tags: , , ,

Oh Hell No:

Shores of Lake Te Anau offered up for oil and gas exploration

More than 4000 km² of Southland land, including the shores of Lake Te Anau, are being offered up for oil and gas exploration.

The new block offer includes an onshore area, called the Western Southland Basin, which nudges up against the Fiordland National Park and runs along part of the dramatic southern coast, including Te Waewae Bay. …

This is crazy in so many ways.

Last time they tried something like this 50,000 marched in Auckland and the Nats were forced to back down.

22 comments on “Oil prospecting on the shores of Lake Te Anau? ”

  1. tc 1

    Deliberate provocation to accompany the dog whistling blinglush is doing. Billy boy has a holiday home there doesn’t he ?

    IMO its scene setting for more dog whisles about geenies and ecomonic development etc as that electorate would vote in a donkey if it was the national candidate.

  2. weka 2

    A small part of the Te Anau lake edge and not in the National Park, mostly farmland, although there is a DOC reserve of bog pine just north of Te Anau I think. The lower reaches of the Waiau River are in the block, plus most of the Takitimu Mts, and possibly red tussock reserve, and a fair amount of swamp. You can see the second map for the amount of waterways in the area. And yes, the western edge of Te Waewae Bay is Fiordland National Park, which I’m guessing is the bit that touches the oil block. There’s Māori land in that area too.

    https://www.nzpam.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/block-offer/2017/sld-consultation.png

    http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/southland/places/takitimu-conservation-area/things-to-do/takitimu-mountains-tracks-and-routes/

  3. adam 3

    Simple response

    There is no economic gain for average kiwi’s to let corporation pillage our country.

    The amount of jobs will be minuscule, and national have a track record about lying about jobs.

    The economic output will never match the long term need, for fertile and healthy land to have a working economy for generations to come.

    I see the national party can’t plan for more than six months again.

    national, a government so short on ideas, they go looking for oil and gas again. Oh and we the tax payer, will pay the bill for there desperate need for votes.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.1

      I see the national party can’t plan for more than six months again.

      They can but they only plan to have more money. They don’t plan on sustainability and would much prefer to ignore the environment unless they can make a profit out of it.

  4. Dorothy Bulling 4

    Sick joke? Won’t do much for the Nats in the Clutha Southland seat if they allow oil prospecting in this wonderful natural playground that Southlanders love so much.

  5. Adrian 5

    Don’t be too North Island centric on this one, remember there is no natural gas for cooking and heating in the South Island, and it gets bloody cold down there.

  6. Adrian 6

    A fucking Southland winter isn’t.

    [please use the reply buttons, so that people can follow the threads of conversations and know who/what you are replying to. – weka]

    • weka 6.1

      What does that have to do with oil exploration in the Western Southland block? It’s not like they give the fuel to Southlanders.

  7. brian 7

    I can’t believe we are allowing this to happen to our environment-when will we learn, every able person needs to stand against what is essentially a crime.

  8. brian 8

    when are kiwis going to realise this is totally wrong-we all need to do our bit to stand against the idiots who want to destroy our environment now and in the future.

  9. Red Hand 9

    Oil prospecting, not oil drilling and fracking. They’re afraid of the temptation of an oil bonanza in the backyard.

  10. benby 10

    Is this the best dead cat that they found today?

  11. This is not going to happen – yep the cat is dead, deceased, gone, departed, moved on, slipped the veil – that cat is dead.

    oh look bullingush just got a haircut

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