Auckland Council votes against deep sea drilling

The new Auckland City Council should have many important issues to deal with, like transport, housing, trying contain rampant rates rises.

But they took time out from council business yesterday to make a political statement.

NZ Herald: Auckland Council votes against deep sea oil drilling

Auckland councillors have voted 14-7 against deep-sea oil exploration off the west coast of the North Island.

At a governing body meeting today they said oil exploration could have a catastrophic effect on the coastal and ocean environment, and industries such as fishing and tourism.

The decision also referred to the “critically endangered Maui’s dolphin and other cetaceans living in the Tasman Sea” and to avoiding the “catastrophic impacts of climate change” and to achieving “the Paris goal of keeping the increase in global average temperature to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels”.

Voting against an offer of oil exploration in the Government’s 2017 block offer, the councillors believed the overall economic benefit to Auckland of deep sea oil would be negligible.

“Rather than encourage further oil exploration, effort should instead be put into developing abundant clean energy opportunities and strategies that can create employment and replace polluting energy sources,” the amendment said.

So a city council is voting against a national Government matter.

I don’t think Auckland City has many suburbs in the deep sea. I don’t think they even have any special housing areas proposed for deep sea locations.

The encroachment of political activism into city administration seems to be a growing thing – unlike deep sea drilling which is hardly a pressing issue, around New Zealand it is on the back burner anyway.

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9 Comments

  1. PDB

     /  11th November 2016

    Whilst Rome burns……..

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  2. Strong For Life

     /  11th November 2016

    The Christchurch City Council, dominated by Labour councillors, recently did the same voting 13-1 against deep-sea oil exploration off the Canterbury coast. Personally, i believe the reason councillors voted against it is that it is a National government proposal. If Labour were governing the country and deep sea oil exploration was proposed you would not have heard a squeak from these councillors.

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  3. Kevin

     /  11th November 2016

    Ever councillor in ACC should be required to go to every oil driller who potentially could have had a job deep-sea drilling and say ‘No christmas for you!’

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    • Gezza

       /  11th November 2016

      If they had a Christmas last year, why wouldn’t they have one this year? 😳

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  4. artcroft

     /  11th November 2016

    I’d like to see them ban plastic bags. They’re clogging the beaches around here and killing wild life. They could get the traffic wardens to issue tickets to anyone with a plastic shopping bag. Another income stream and it would help the environment.

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  5. artcroft

     /  11th November 2016

    Of course this would effect actual change. Might be dangerous. Better to just pass senseless laws banning poverty on Mars.

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    • Gezza

       /  11th November 2016

      That place is a junk yard full of old parachutes, deflated rubber balls, burned out, worn out, and slow moving vehicles driven by people who never use their mirrors. The roads are dirt tracks. Food shortages like you wouldn’t believe. I blame earth governments.

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  6. Gezza

     /  11th November 2016

    And the REAL reason they haven’t gone back to the moon?


    Too many hoons 😡

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