fight over the seabed is taking to the skies.
Pilot John Penno said yesterday he had been approached by a
Dunedin businessman affiliated with the ProGas Otago group
with a request to make a bold statement in the skies of
Dunedin on behalf of the group.
He could not divulge details of what was planned, but he was
preparing a large banner when visited by the ODT at
the Taieri Airfield.
The businessman who commissioned Mr Penno said it would be a
counterpunch to the actions of Oil Free Otago, such as last
week's visit to the Anadarko drilling site and today's
Banners on the Beach protest at St Clair Beach.
ProGas Otago's actions would be non-confrontational and ''add
balance to the debate'', the businessman, who wished to
remain anonymous, said.
''It's about Dunedin embracing the opportunity to be a supply
base,'' he said.
''If commercial quantities of gas are found off the coast, I
hope people have weighed up the benefits.''
Anadarko earlier this week started drilling off the coast of
Otago. Members of Oil Free Otago will be protesting the
drilling at St Clair Beach from noon today, as part of the
Banners on the Beach protest taking place on about 10 beaches
around the South Island.