Petrobras has worked through the regulatory and environmental maze and been awarded a five year permit to explore and determine if any oil or gas prospects exist off the coast of east Cape. They have just started the first phase of a three and a half year research programme which currently involves 2D and 3D seismic surveying. They were stopped in this work after thugs posing as “protestors” invaded the workspace of the seismic vessels.
Acting Minister of Energy and Resources, Hekia Parata, has expressed her disappointment at the action of Greenpeace protestors who disrupted the research programme being undertaken by Petrobras off the East Cape today. [..] Ms Parata says it is disappointing that protestors are disrupting Petrobras’ research programme.
“Democracy protects the right to protest but not to the extent of interfering with others’ rights,’’ Ms Parata says. “Petrobras are within their rights to be conducting their research off the East Cape. [..] Ms Parata says Police are monitoring the situation. She urged protestors to take a calm and reasoned approach which respected the rights of Petrobras.
Weak as cat’s urine. These people are not protesting. They are organised Bolshevik thugs sabotaging legitimate exploration programs and deliberately putting NZ’s economic well being at risk. They are merely common criminals. They should be arrested, charged and jailed. The explorers have a right to go about their business, and the damn Police should get off their useless speeding ticket issuing fat arses and get out there and arrest those damn Bolshevik thugs.
Hekia Parata shouldn’t need to tell them to take that action either. However, it looks like she might have to. This slack tolerance of such blatant criminal behaviour has to stop.