Tamarind’s marine consents granted with conditions

Published: Tue 26 Feb 2019 02:21 PM
Two applications from oil and gas operator Tamarind Taranaki Ltd, for consents in relation to activities in the Tui Area Oil Field off Taranaki have been granted, subject to conditions.
Tamarind Taranaki Ltd manages three oil reservoirs in Exclusive Economic Zone waters. It sought a marine consent to drill additional sidetrack development wells from existing ones, including the associated logistical and environmental monitoring activities, as well as a marine discharge consent for processing drainage from deck drains aboard a drill rig.
An independent Board of Inquiry was appointed by Environment Minister David Parker to consider the applications. In granting the consents the Board (Chair David Hill, Glenice Paine, and Dan McClary), set conditions to mitigate potential adverse effects of the drilling and discharge activities.
In its final decision the Board of Inquiry found that:
• There would be minor adverse environmental effects except for relatively short and transient events.
• The adversely affected benthic environment is expected to recover in a comparatively short time.
• No known rare or endangered species will be affected.
Siobhan Quayle, General Manager of the EPA’s Climate, Land and Oceans Group, says: “Pending any appeal, the EPA’s compliance team will take over the role of monitoring Tamarind’s activities to ensure it abides by the conditions of the consents.”
Full details of Tamarind’s application and the Board of Inquiry decision are available on the EPA website.

Next in New Zealand politics

Police officer should not have engaged in pursuit
By: Independent Police Conduct Authority
Targets overlook the 174000 children living in worst poverty
By: Child Poverty Action Group
Guidelines needed to avoid risks in government AI use
By: University of Otago
Pike Families welcome opening of drift
By: Pike River Family Reference Group
New design offers certainty for walking and cycling harbor
By: New Zealand Transport Agency
Climate Change Response Bill – James Shaw Speech at reading
By: New Zealand Government
More unsold Kiwibuild houses bought by govt
IPCA report into fatal fleeing driver crash
By: New Zealand Police
Targets set to help break the cycle of child poverty
By: New Zealand Government
PM breaks another commitment on early intervention
By: New Zealand National Party
Deepfake and the law - Expert Reaction
By: Science Media Centre
Pike River Re-entry
By: New Zealand Government
Long Awaited Re-Entry to Pike River Mine
By: New Zealand First Party
Families witness as Pike River mine re-entry attempt begins
Pike River re-entry attempt planned for tomorrow: families
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media