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8/28/2018 Member News
Hearing resumes for activist group's appeal over South Taranaki council's drilling rules

Hearing resumes for activist group's appeal over South Taranaki council's drilling rules

Tara Shaskey

An activist group's appeal to the Environment Court over oil and gas rules proposed in a Taranaki council's district plan has resumed.

The appeal, filed by Taranaki Energy Watch (TEW) in 2016 over the South Taranaki District Council's (STDC) proposed rules around seismic surveying, began in March and was adjourned after sitting for five days.

The hearing continued on Monday and has been set down for a further four days, during which expert witnesses will be called before closing submissions.

TEW, which raised $40,000 itself and received a grant of $40,000 from the Ministry for the Environment to go towards the appeal, is challenging the district plan in an effort to stop oil and gas companies from drilling and fracking near homes and schools. 

It includes opposition to seismic surveys using explosives as a permitted activity, opposition to land farming - or the spreading of drilling waste - in the rural zone being a permitted activity and supports the use of separation distances to avoid risk to health, property and the environment.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/106603192/hearing-resumes-for-activist-groups-appeal-over-south-taranaki-councils-drilling-rules