There’s been a lot of good, constructive dialogue in New Zealand recently between industry, indigenous populations and local government, most recently in the East Coast Basin where TAG Oil is actively exploring and the Ngati Kuhungunu iwi live.
As reported recently in the online FW+, iwi members are supporting economic development in addition to tending to environmental concerns.
TAG is 100% committed to observing blue-chip standards of operation, and we take our responsibility to the environment very seriously. Over the past 15 years, we’ve developed resources in the safest way possible -- with the most sophisticated methods available -- doing our utmost to not compromise New Zealand’s rich beauty or natural resources. We’ll continue to do so, and we very much appreciate it when our professionalism and care are acknowledged and respected as much as we respect the concerns of our neighbors.
We live here too, with our children and grandchildren. We’re also engineers, scientists and business people who apply substantial resources to due diligence and the search of facts and knowledge. An open, informed and measured discussion on balancing economic and environmental concerns is critical, and we look forward to continuing the conversation.
“The iwi wanted to help the whole community into work. Oil and gas exploration could help achieve that….” To link to the full FW+ article, please click here: http://bit.ly/Z3p9u4