Just in case you still think you’re living in a Democracy!
Gisborne Council officials have already granted exploration consents to Canadian oil companies without seeking public approval – or consulting their own mayor.
The Sunday Star-Times revealed two weeks ago that a joint-venture between TAG Oil and Apache believed there was potential to build “thousands” of onshore wells on the East Coast of the North Island and pump “billions of barrels” of oil.
Documents written by TAG said the area was “literally leaking oil and gas”, and the joint venture was prepared to undertake an “aggressive East Coast Basin programme”.
A Gisborne District Council document, obtained by the Sunday Star-Times, reveals officials have allowed some of the exploration developments without giving the public opportunity to raise any objections.
“Resource consents have recently been issued for activities associated with drilling shallow shot holes and seismic testing,” the paper said. “The environmental impact of this is minimal, and the applications were not notified.”