Green Party: Minister Woods must not water down decision to ban offshore oil and gas exploration

The Green Party does not support Labour Party Minister Woods allowing mining companies with existing offshore oil and gas exploration permits more time to consider if they will drill. 

The Green Party does not support Labour Party Minister Woods allowing mining companies with existing offshore oil and gas exploration permits more time to consider if they will drill. 

“Mining companies with existing licenses for drilling have a time limit on when they can explore. If they reach the time limit, their permits are handed back to the Crown”, Green Party energy spokesperson Gareth Hughes said today. 

“They shouldn’t be offered special treatment by Labour to extend or waive that time limit. 

“I struggle to see the point in banning offshore exploration for oil and gas if existing companies with huge blocks can hold off from exploring until way later down the track. 

“New Zealand took an incredibly exciting and brave step for people and planet when we decided to ban future offshore oil and gas exploration. It has been congratulated world-wide and New Zealanders are proud of the decision, let’s not water it down. 

“I will be speaking with the Minister, urging her to reconsider this proposal”.

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