A personal message from long time environmental activist Sarah Roberts

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We need your help!

Hi friends

Please help Taranaki Energy Watch stop oil and gas companies from drilling and fracking right beside our families and homes. If all of us pitch in $100 we can make a difference. Every dollar helps so please share with your friends who may be able to help as well.

South Taranaki District Council proposed oil and gas rules that don’t adequately protect the health and safety of the district’s residents and the environment. Taranaki Energy Watch appealed. Stratford District Council, New Plymouth District Council and the oil and gas companies have joined the appeal opposing Taranaki Energy Watch.  There is a possibility this process will inform baselines for national standards affecting the rest of New Zealand.

Taranaki Energy Watch need help to pay for specialists with the highest level of expertise to present strong evidence to the Environment Court that oil and gas activities should never be a permitted activity; drilling and fracking should never happen on fault lines; and the distance from our homes, schools and hospitals must be in line with international standards.

The expert evidence means companies should only be able to operate with a much greater consideration of the risk to the communities and a greater say from the public.

Thanks to all those who have already donated. We raised $18,000 and received $8000 of pro bono support to challenge the South Taranaki District Council in the district plan hearings. We need to raise $25,000 to continue to challenge through the Environment Court and have been offered considerable pro bono support by the experts.

Searching for more oil and gas is high on this government’s agenda. Energy Minister Judith Collins announced onshore block offers in Taranaki and Southland of more than 4000 square kilometres. Taranaki Energy Watch has been in Southland speaking to local communities and the Councils about the health and safety issues of living near oil and gas sites. It is more important than ever to get involved.

To join Taranaki Energy Watch simply email us at taranakienergywatch@gmail.com informing us you would like to join and supplying your name and address. There is no cost. We will email you acknowledging your membership and keep you informed of our progress.

In solidarity

Sarah Roberts

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