“…Drilling of deep-sea oil wells off Wellington’s southeast coast is poised to go ahead with little consultation, despite concerns over the potential for environmental disaster…”

“…The Government is close to calling for competitive tenders for oil and gas exploration in 25 blocks, including 14 offshore, nationwide.

Environmentalists and local politicians are outraged they were not consulted about two blocks in the Pegasus Basin, south of Wairarapa.

Exploration permits would allow for deep-sea drilling of up to 2750 metres in places –

- Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico was 1500 metres -

- and the deepest well off the Taranaki coast was 120 metres.

Neither Wellington City Council nor Greater Wellington regional council were consulted – and no public meetings were held or advocate groups spoken to.

Iwi groups, however, were consulted…”

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