The timetable for offering new onshore exploration acreage appears to be slipping as the government looks at ways to protect itself from potential legal challenges.
An array of environmental groups has written to the Government, asking it to immediately put a halt to mining exploration inside a marine sanctuary for endangered Maui dolphins. Sam Sachdeva reports.
The Government wants its massive fleet of vehicles to be electric by 2025, but public service bosses aren’t keen to make the switch until the cost comes down. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has defended the government’s decision not to issue new offshore oil and gas exploration permits despite it going against official advice, saying she didn’t think officials had taken into account the changing world we live in.
Former MP (and Minister) Peter Dunne argues in his column this week for Newsroom that the Government’s sidelining of officials is a risky approach that could rebound painfully
The decision to ban offshore oil and gas exploration will likely increase global emissions, officials say.
The government axed granting any future offshore oil and gas exploration licences without a formal Cabinet paper and with minimal analysis from officials, according to a dump of documents and emails from Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods.
Labour has stopped issuing new permits for offshore drilling, but will keep issuing new onshore permits and will let existing ones run for decades to keep Taranaki jobs. Bernard Hickey and Shane Cowlishaw report.
Existing oil and gas exploration permits will remain, but all signs point to them being the last of their kind. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
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