While the oil industry has no moral right to be opening up new, extreme frontiers in its search for the last few drops of oil - given the damage climate change will do to life on this planet - it’s also apparent that the industry may not have a legal right either.
This morning Greenpeace and te Whānau-ā-Apanui jointly lodged an application for a judicial review of the granting of Petrobras’ permit to drill for oil in the Raukumara Basin, off the East Cape.
The Basin has already been extensively surveyed. The Stop Deep Sea Oil Flotilla protested – and successfully disrupted - that work earlier this year.
Now the company is deciding whether or not to start drilling exploratory wells, as allowed by its permit.
The joint legal action is calling for a review of that permit on the basis... Read more >