Anadarko ship farewelled by message

The protest banner three climbers unfurled on behalf of Greenpeace and Oil Free Otago on Dunedin's Railway Station yesterday morning. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
The protest banner three climbers unfurled on behalf of Greenpeace and Oil Free Otago on Dunedin's Railway Station yesterday morning. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Three anti-oil protesters who scaled the Dunedin Railway Station yesterday morning and unfurled a banner were later given a pre-charge warning by police.

From about 8am-9am, cruise ship passengers and commuters were greeted by a banner - ''Time for clean energy'' - hanging from the station's clocktower, about 12m up.

Four police cars and six officers were at the railway station at one point.

After the climbers descended unaided about 9.30am, the two women and one man were taken to the central police station.

Senior Sergeant Brian Benn said the trio were given a pre-charge warning for being unlawfully on a building, and released.

While critical of their actions, Snr Sgt Benn said their only intent had been ''looking for a moment of media''.

Oil Free Otago spokeswoman Rosemary Penwarden said the ''very experienced'' climbers represented Greenpeace and were members of three oil-free groups, from Christchurch, Auckland and Nelson.

''It's a farewell to [oil and gas explorer] Anadarko.

"It [the banner] is below the clock to give a timely message to the Government, that now the [exploration drilling ship] Noble Bob Douglas has left New Zealand, we all have to unite and stop deep sea drilling.''

The ship has spent a month drilling about 60km north of Dunedin and will leave soon for the Gulf of Mexico.

Drilling results are not expected for a year.

 

Protesting for the right reasons

@ nzpudding

What was damaged? Nothing.

Think of the damage leaking oil could cause

 

A better future must be renewably powered

The Green attitude is positive and it's because we want a better future that we are trying to stop runaway climate change.

nzpudding- Easy to get oil has peaked, that is why Anadarko was test drilling kilometers under the sea bed off our coast, why huge damage is being caused by extraction of oil from tar sands in Canada and why the price of oil has stayed over $100 US a barrel.

Natural gas has fewer pollutants than oil or coal, but still releases three quarters the CO2 emissions of oil and half that of coal. Mumbai is one of the cities in the world most at risk from sea level rise, how ironic that you suggest a fossil fuel as an energy source for them.

We have a moral obligation to work out how to run our economy and power the world's cities in such a way as to NOT cause runaway climate change and ocean acidification.

Gas is part of the problem, it is not a solution.

Vandal

@ lovedunedin

Vandal - One who willfully or maliciously defaces or destroys public or private property.

It's a regular theme by these people to go about and malicously deface property to force a point. So yes, they're vandals.

Pie and Cake

Pie in the sky is not the right term. Don't knock those who hope for a better future, oil and gas is a small chance but you don't benefit from what you don't look for. Maybe one day Dunedin will have it's cake and eat it too, but not with the negative "green" attitude.

Peaceful protest

@ NZPudding

Vandals? If you want to see vandals go out on a Saturday night in Dunedin.

No these peaceful protesters have caused no damage and they care about the place they live in. 

Electric Cars

@ rose.P Good idea

Electric Cars- now you're talking. Lets get their price down. I wanted one years ago but soo expensive.  Good idea for a kickstart from gov, work in the warehouse area and a unique project for Dunedin.

Greens argument is lost

How can greenies claim that there's more than enough fossil fuels, yet also claim we're running out of oil? And when they say 'fossil fuels' I take it they also mean coal? OK then, so let's all work on trying to remove coal from being burned around the globe, as I think we can all agree that stuff isn't good. What's the alternatives to power electricity for cities like Beijing and Mumbai? there isn't one. The quickest, cleanest and most logical solution is Natural Gas. So...as a city, do we not have the moral obligation to allow companies like Anadarko and Shell to drill off our coast for Natural Gas and be able to put the planet on the right path of being cleaner and greener? And if Dunedin and wider Otago thrives in the process with jobs being created and $millions pumped into the local economy...all the more better.

Time for clean energy

“Time for clean energy” is getting through loud and clear thanks to Greenpeace and others who are reminding everyone that dirty fossil fuels are not the way of the future. 

I don't think so! seems to me still lots to invest in

msg getting through

msg getting through have you read this

 

Oil & gas was just pie in the sky

“Mainstream people” can read banners. The message “Time for clean energy” is getting through loud and clear thanks to Greenpeace and others who are reminding everyone that dirty fossil fuels are not the way of the future. 
Oil and gas companies have already found more than enough fossil fuels to cause runaway climate change and destroy the ocean food web. That Anadarko didn’t find more is cause for celebration.

 

Green message

The problem with Greenpeace is that by committing non-mainstream, illegal actions they isolate the green message from mainstream people.

As for green companies to invest in, don't even think of investing in wind turbines because according to Graham Syndey they aren't green enough either! Or is that only if they are in his back yard? I see him campaigning elsewhere in this paper for unprecedented restrictions on use of private land.

Great reply

NZpudding, that's the best laugh I've had all day.  Well done.

Simple example

Here’s a simple example of a local clean energy business. A warehouse in town, a bit of a kickstart – just a fraction of the $46 million the government gave to the oil and gas industry last year – we could work alongside Otago Polytech, and build up an electric car conversion business in Dunedin. The expertise is here. As it builds, the jobs will grow. The profit stays here. I’m not interested in arguing with naysayers. We need to get on
with it.

 

Clean green energy companies?

Which clean green energy companies are you talking about which we should all be investing in? A wind turbine company which will provide half a dozen jobs? A solar installer for another couple?

The government (Labour or National) won't even subsidise alternative power  as it thinks we're green enough.

In the short to medium term green power is mythical and the tens or hundreds of jobs it will create are imaginary. I'd love to see it or believe in it, but it's not coming in the next ten years. 

Read the ODT's magazine on Taranaki to see what oil and gas has done for them - I just wish it had been Otago. Real jobs, not pie in the sky jobs based on technology which doesn't even exist commercially yet.

rose.p

rose.p please list these local New Zealand clean energy companies and businesses. Businesses that really will provide jobs for Kiwis,

and tell us how and when these jobs will be ocurr. SO we can all look forward a cleaner greener NZ which will leed the way for the rest of the world.

Because until then I will look forward to putting evil petrol in my very evil V8 and enjoy both the feel and sound of my gas guzzling smog producing mode of transport. Thank you for you advice consideration in this matter. Not!

rose.p

rose.p please list these local Zealand clean energy companies and businesses. Businesses that really will provide jobs for Kiwis,

and tell us how and when these jobs will be occur. So we can all look forward a cleaner greener NZ which will leed the way for the rest of the world.

Because until then I will look forward to putting evil petrol in my very evil V8 and enjoy both the feel and sound of my gas guzzling smog producing mode of transport. Thank you for you advice consideration in this matter. Not!

Huzzah and Good Show

Thanks very much to this fine trio representing groups from around New Zealand who in turn represent the people's voice - "Good Riddance to Dirty Oil and its Monkey Business!"

Pudding heads will grouse and call for overreactions such as jail sentences and whatnot, but the police authorities in this case much be commended and admired for keeping a cool head and seeing this action for what it was - a peaceful protest which expresses the pleasure that clean green Kiwis feel at the departure of Anadarko once and for all.

Vandals

Nzpudding: Which side are you talking about?

message is simple

Here's what I said yesterday at the Dunedin Railway Station: Oil free groups from around the country combined with Oil Free Otago for this action. Our message is timely because Anadarko has left for the Gulf of Mexico, with no ‘significant' find. The message is to the government: Time's up for deep sea drilling in NZ. It's time for clean energy. We are calling on the government to stop wasting any more time, energy and resources on deep sea drilling and to instead, invest in our local Zealand clean energy companies and businesses. Businesses that really will provide jobs for Kiwis, and that will teach our young people the kind of skills they will need for the future. If we are to take climate change seriously we need to stop burning fossil fuels, not keep looking for more. Pretty simple. As for gas being the ‘clean' fossil fuel? It's the filter-tipped cigarette version: does the same damage, just takes a bit longer. It's time to unite and start working together towards a low carbon future.

Vandals

These menaces to society claim to protest for the 'sake of the people' yet the majority of the people don't agree with their crackpot views. They have a clear disregard for the property and safety of others to force their message on innocent bystanders.

The best thing to do would be to lock these miscreants up for being a public nuisance and throw away the key.

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