Oil in NZ and the evil Exxon-Mobil Empire
Gosh Gordon Campbell is doing a bloody good job over at Scoop, his latest piece on what Exxon-Mobil are up to off the coast of the South Island makes very interesting reading...
Exxon-Mobil are the elephant in the room that the Government refuses to confront, as it throws open the ecologically vulnerable Great South Basin region to oil exploration and exploitation. Currently, New Zealand does not have an oceans policy, despite years of talking about it. There is no RMA equivalent that is empowered to manage economic activity within our Exclusive Economic Zone, and no mechanism for weighing the environmental and economic risks/opportunities involved. This morning’s RNZ story about ongoing impacts of the Tui field oil spill off the Taranaki coast – and the paltry levels of compensation available - should be setting off warning signals in Wellington. Do the Government seriously think Exxon-Mobil would be unduly fazed if an oil spill from their operations happened to wipe out the Bluff fishing industry, and our bureaucrats came looking for compensation, armed only with a copy of the Maritime Transport Act?
He goes onto give us the recent history of how Exxon-Mobil have moved heaven and Earth not to pay the full damages their negligance of allowing a drunk captian blow the load of the Exxon-Valdez all over the Alaskan coastline, and seeing how small NZ is I don't see us gaining their respect if something goes wrong. I've always been concerned that what a major oil find would cause in terms of geo-politics. After watching Pilgers 'War on Democracy' and hearing the American CIA chief at the time tell John that the killing and coups and use of corporations to dominate South American resources was all done because of the 'national interest', I wonder what would happen to us in NZ if we suddenly had something that America wanted, I mean really wanted. Would they start interferring in our politics?