Caterbury Basin Drilling Plans cancelled: ‘a wise decision’ says Extinction Rebellion

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Extinction Rebellion Ōtautahi says the cancellation of the beach energy’s announcement that they will not be deep-sea oil and gas drilling in the Canterbury basin this summer was a ‘wise decision’.

“Communities around Aotearoa have been resisting deep-sea oil for over ten years—perhaps oil companies are finally reading the room,” says Extinction Rebellion spokesperson Siana Fitzjohn.

During March of this year, members of the Extinction Rebellion Ōtautahi team boarded OMV’s oil rig (COSL Prospector) as it travelled through the Cook Straight.


“More Kiwis are willing to take action against these companies at sea. It looks like Beach Energy have decided not to offer us that challenge this summer and we think that’s a wise move,” says Fitzjohn, who was one of two climbers who boarded OMV’s rig,” says Siana Fitzjohn.

The Extinction Rebellion Ōtautahi team focus on maintaining opposition to fossil fuel exploration in New Zealand and is saying that it should be stopped because of the climate crisis.


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