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Fracking Meeting

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  • Sat 31 Mar ’12, 7:30pm – 9:30pm


Rolleston Community Centre, 94 Rolleston Drive, Rolleston


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

Join us in calling for a moratorium on fracking.

‘Say no to fracking in New Zealand’ community meeting.

There will be a screening of ‘The Gas Rush’, question and answer session and a hot cuppa afterwards.

All welcome.

While fracking already takes place in Taranaki, energy companies now plan to frack in the South Island and all throughout Canterbury. Companies have applied for permits to explore for coal seam gas and shale gas - extracting such gas almost inevitably requires fracking.

Permit 52604 (South Canterbury) is already granted, while permit 52614 (North/Mid Canterbury) is still pending.

Before companies can use fracking to extract gas commercially, they need:
- Permits for exploration and mining from the Government (Crown Minerals Act);
- Consent from the Regional council ECAN (Resource Management Act -RMA);
- Land access arrangement from the land owner.

There are several critical problems with the current consent process for fracking:
- When granting permits, the central Government only assesses economic factors and does not consider environmental risks.
- The RMA currently does not refer to fracking. Accordingly, as it stands only certain parts of the fracking process specified in the RMA (such as disposal of waste fluids) will be assessed when resource consent is considered.
- Under the Crown Minerals Act, the Government can override landowners decisions.

Join us in calling for the Government to impose a moratorium on fracking until the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has undertaken an independent study and fully assessed the risks.

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