The Green Party welcome the introduction of the Crown Minerals Amendment Bill, which will legislate to officially stop new offshore oil and gas exploration permits.
“This is a special day for the planet, and proof that this Government are now meaningfully acting to address climate change”, Green Party energy spokesperson Gareth Hughes said today.
“This is Greens in Government at its best and represents an important step to stopping new offshore permits, so that our environment is better protected.
“We’re looking forward to the upcoming wider review of the Act. We will push hard to change the purpose of the Act so that exploration is ‘regulated’, not ‘promoted’ by this Government.
“National changed the wording to ‘promoted’ whilst in Government and the impacts of a simple word change have been significant. It’s time to fix that”.