Anadarko's representatives will be back in Otago today
for meetings, including one with members of the new Pro Oil and
Gas Otago group in Dunedin.
Anadarko New Zealand corporate affairs manager Alan Seay
confirmed he would meet members of the group in Dunedin,
before travelling north to introduce himself to the new Mayor
of Oamaru, Gary Kircher.
''I'm down in Dunedin probably once a month, meeting various
people, so there's no particular reason for meeting this
[group]. I just thought I'd call in and say hello on the way
through,'' he said.
Pro Oil and Gas Otago spokeswoman Robyn Broughton said the
group had initiated the meeting, which would be attended by
two of its members, Mr Seay and a second Anadarko
The group aimed to ''re-establish connections'' with
Anadarko, and ''provide certainty to them over who is
involved with our group''.
''Some of our members have been personally involved with the
bid to attract the oil and gas industry to Dunedin for the
last five or six years,'' she said.
The meeting would be informal, with no set agenda, and would
be held in the boardroom of an associated business in
Dunedin, she said.
The group was created last week by Dunedin businessmen
wanting to show support for the oil and gas industry and to
counter ''scaremongering'' by protest group Oil Free Otago,
Mrs Broughton said earlier this week.
Oil Free Otago spokeswoman Rosemary Penwarden has denied her
group was scaremongering, and indicated more protest activity
like last Sunday's ''blockade'' of Otago Harbour could be