David killed Goliath, and the Oil Free Otago flotilla set to
sail tonight can stop the Anadarko drill ship, the Rev Peter
Mr Matheson (75) said he would be aboard the lead flotilla
yacht SV Tiama when it left Dunedin tonight to
confront the Anadarko drill ship Noble Bob Douglas at the
drill site 65km from Taiaroa Head.
Although confronting the drill ship of an oil giant on a
small yacht was as ridiculous as David fighting Goliath, the
outcome could be similar, Mr Matheson said.
''Anyone remember who won?''A similar fight was won by
anti-nuclear protesters in the 1980s, he said.
Also set to board SV Tiama is Bob Lloyd, associate
professor and director of energy studies at the University of
Otago physics department. Prof Lloyd (65) said he would ask
the drill ship crew, via radio on the protest yacht, to halt
its New Zealand drilling operations.
He would ask they stop their search and focus on discovering
renewable energy, such as solar panels and wind turbines.
But the money to be made would make their hearing selective,
''The amount of oil, gas and coal in the ground is worth
around $100 trillion to $200 trillion. That's a lot of vested
Oil Free Otago spokeswoman Niamh O'Flynn said Noble Bob
Douglas was expected to arrive in Otago to drill this
The boats in the flotilla include SV Tiama, skippered
by Henk Haazen, and Erewhon, skippered by Invercargill
teacher Carlos Legaz.