Cancel OMV's oil exploration permits now

The Environmental Protection Authority has just granted Austrian oil giant OMV permission to start high risk oil and gas drilling in the Great South Basin, off the coast of Otago.

Despite New Zealand’s Government banning all new oil and gas exploration permits, their agency responsible for protecting our environment is now allowing one of the biggest climate criminals to explore for more new oil in the midst of a climate crisis.

This decision comes just days after the Government championed New Zealand’s climate leadership at a global climate summit in Madrid. We know Kiwis don’t want more oil and gas drilling. Over 100,000 marched for climate action in the recent climate strike, and hundreds of people just took part in a sustained protest against OMV in Timaru and New Plymouth.

We’re taking our opposition right to the Minister for Energy and Resources, Megan Woods. A Government that was serious about responding to the climate emergency would immediately stop OMV from exploiting our waters and fuelling the climate crisis.


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Energy & Resources Minister Megan Woods: We’re in a climate emergency, I call on you to immediately cancel OMV’s permits to explore for new oil and gas in the Great South Basin and Taranaki.