Sunday, 29 March 2015

Auckland protest against oil drilling

Protest swells in Auckland

anti-drilling protesters outside SkyCity

28 March, 2015

The protesters come from a number of groups including Greenpeace and Oil Free Auckland.

Greenpeace has said that the protest was even bigger and louder than last year's.
They blocked Federal Street for more than half an hour, where a petroleum industry summit is being held at SkyCity, where the government will announce its latest block offer at a Petroleum Summit is being held over three days.

Making noise at the oil conference to

It is billed as the all-encompassing oil and gas event of the year, where the government will reveal its block offer for 2015, as well as start consultation over oil and gas exploration in an area covering more than 450,000 square kilometres.

Greenpeace claims more than 3000 people have arrived at SkyCity Convention Centre where a summit is being held.
Almost 4,000 people said they would be attending the event on Facebook.
Photo: RNZ/Kim Baker Wilson
Protesters' signs at the march.
Protesters' signs at the march.
Photo: RNZ/Kim Baker Wilson
The protest was described on Facebook as speaking out against 'another glitzy oil conference in Auckland where Simon Bridges will continue his attempt to sell off our oceans to Big Oil.'

'Join us at Midday in Victoria Park to march to the conference where we'll make sure the oil industry and the Government hear loud and clear that New Zealanders do not want risky deep sea drilling in our waters.'

Thousands have turned up to protest against deep sea oil drilling ahead of petroleum summit @3NewsNZ

Protesters were asked to bring a drum, in order to 'beat [them] in unison to symbolise ... seismic blasting happening in our oceans right now.'
Protestors march in Auckland against deep-sea drilling.
Protestors march in Auckland against deep-sea drilling.
Photo: RNZ / Kim Baker Wilson
Over 3,500 people had said they would be attending the event on its Facebook page.

A Greenpeace campaigner, Steve Abel, said deep sea drilling was an unwanted industry.

He said it offered very little benefit to New Zealand, but a large amount of risk.

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