Dunedin residents will be given an opportunity to ask
government agencies about oil and gas exploration in New
Zealand, at a public meeting in the city next month.
The meeting, to be chaired by Ngai Tahu elder Edward Ellison,
will be held at 4.45pm on May 1, at Dunedin's Araiteuru
Six government agencies, together with regional and district
councils, share the responsibility for managing petroleum and
mineral activities in New Zealand.
They are holding a public information session in Dunedin to
explain and answer questions on all aspects of the
Government's regulatory regime for petroleum and minerals
exploration and production.
Representatives from New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals,
Environmental Protection Authority, Maritime New Zealand,
WorkSafe New Zealand, Ministry for the Environment, the
Department of Conservation and the Otago Regional Council
will be at the meeting.
A large part of the meeting has been set aside for residents
to ask questions about the regulations and processes involved
in oil and gas exploration.
However, in a bid to provide more in-depth answers, the
agencies have invited residents to send questions before the
meeting, via the Dunedin City Council website (www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/public-notices/oil-and-gas-regulatory...).
Questions not answered in the discussion session will be
published on the DCC website after the meeting.