Oil Free Otago letter to Shell: Now Stay Away From The Great South Basin
Dear Shell NZ,
Yesterday (September 29, 2015) Shell pulled out of drilling in the Arctic. This is such good news for millions of people
worldwide. We have one planet and the race is on to save it. The people are winning.
We are writing to demand that you now cease any further plans to drill in the Great South Basin, off the east coast of
New Zealand’s South Island.
Your industry is a rogue industry without the social licence to continue. Already discovered oil and gas must remain
unburned for global warming to keep below an un-survivable tipping point. New frontier exploration must cease.
Like the Arctic, the deep ocean of the Great South Basin is frontier territory. Any hydrocarbon discoveries in this
region are unburnable if we are to retain a liveable planet. You have no right to continue; your extreme destructive
behaviour is putting us all at risk.
Remember the kayaktavists of Seattle? Be prepared for similar opposition in New Zealand. All further efforts to drill
here will be strongly opposed.
Shell: pull out of the Great South Basin now, or expect resistance. The people are building a better, fairer world and
we are winning. Get out of the way.
OIL FREE OTAGO