NZ Oil and Gas defends fossil fuel roadshow

The fossil fuel roadshow that started its tour of South Taranaki schools yesterday could come to Otago and was not ''propaganda'' but a way to engage with the community, New Zealand Oil and Gas (NZOG) spokesman John Pagani says.

The week-long roadshow - run by NZOG, Tag Oil and Beach Energy - was about fossils, geology and the oil and gas work the companies were doing in the region.

Mr Pagani said NZOG sponsored the National Science-Technology Roadshow Trust and paid for the trust's exhibition on geology, fossils and minerals.

NZOG had borrowed the exhibition and hired the trust's exhibition truck to hold its own roadshow this week, he said.

The Green Party was concerned the roadshow was one-sided ''propaganda'' about the oil and gas industry designed to brainwash pupils.

Mr Pagani said the roadshow was a way for the companies to introduce themselves to residents and hear of communities' expectations.

''We would be strongly criticised if we didn't engage constructively with the community.''

A similar roadshow could come to Otago, Mr Pagani said.

Green Party spokeswoman Catherine Delahunty said the Government was obliged to ensure that what children were taught at school was accurate and balanced.

''Kids believe that what they learn at school is true.

''They should not be subjected to propaganda.''

The roadshow did not include the risks of drilling and the impact of fossil fuels on climate change.

''Businesses with profit on their minds should not be allowed into schools to influence how kids think about any issues, let alone large, controversial global issues like climate change and oil production.''

Only one part of the picture

The roadshow might be big on Geoscience, but to get the whole picture people need to be educated about Climate science too.


Delahunty opinion

I guess in Ms Delahunty's mind, the only propaganda should be her propaganda. But as the article makes clear, NZOG et al are staying away from propagandising and staying factual. I am sure if any kids ask questions about deep sea drilling or fraccing they will get a considered and balanced rely. Which is more than they could expect from the Greens

Pot calling kettle here...

Oil Free Otago have been going into Dunedin schools for the past few weeks. In fact they used students at Logan Park to make banners for them to use at the protest on Saturday. Check out their FB page dated 12th Feb for further proof.

The hypocrisy by the antis is unbelievable! 

Fair enough

Well, that would be fair enough if the schools involved also invited representatives of Oil Free Otago to address the students too. When I was a little un we had a guy from British Nuclear Fuels come to tell us how safe nuclear generation was. He wasn't too bad for a guy who was just doing his job but the next week we had another presentation from CND. I still remember the passion diplayed by the speaker who clearly knew his subject and cared about the world. I'm sure  the people who care for our planet and future generations could provide an interesting and educative experience for tommorow's decision makers.

great opportunity

use the visit teachers to prepare questions from pupils about oil drilling, fracking and climate change. Send the companies away with their 'tail between their legs' - for shame. If children are informed about what is going on they can fight back as adults.

Can we have an apoplogy from the Greens?

Wonder if we can have an apology from the Greens about propaganda and brainwashing students?

On the Oil Free Otago Facebook page 12th Feb, they've posted (even with pictures) :-

"We had the pleasure of going to Logan Park High School this afternoon to paint banners for Banners on the Beach alongside 25+ passionate, motivated and knowledgeable students. 

These young people are going to be essential in helping stop deep sea oil!

Thank you Francine, and all the students who made us welcome! See you at St Clair Beach on Saturday!" 

What brainwashing nonsense would the Greens call this then?  Not only going into schools but using our children and our taxpaying money in supplies, as workhorses to make their banners for their protest that only a tiny minority believe in...

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