Thursday 26 February 2015
Puketāpapa Local Board
OPEN MINUTE ITEM ATTACHMENTS
15 Board Member Reports, February 2015
15.1 Board Member Report - H Doig
15.2 Board Member Report - M Wood
15.3 Board Member Report - E Kumar
16 Puketapapa Local Board Mural Programme - Small Local Improvement Projects (SLIPs)
18 Auckland Transport Report for February 2015
20 Local Board Feedback on Draft Tupuna Maunga Operational Plan 2015/2016
21 Local board input on the draft Regional Land Transport Plan 2015-2025
24 Resolutions Pending Action Schedule, February 2015
25 Consideration of Extraordinary Item - Three Kings Land Exchange
Puketāpapa Local Board
26 February 2015
Puketāpapa Local Board Input to Auckland Council submission NZPM, MBIE on:
Block Offer 2015 – Proposal for Petroleum Exploration Permit Round
1. The Puketāpapa Local Board remains concerned about the Block Offer process because of the many known environmental risks associated with oil exploration. It is also of particular concern that the process does not allow for comprehensive and cautionary consideration of the sensitive areas prior to. The Council submission must strongly advocate that the precautionary approach is employed in the determination of the scope of the Block Offer 2015.
2. The Puketāpapa Local Board borders the Manukau Harbour, the second largest harbour in New Zealand with a rich cultural history dating back to pre-European Maori settlement. The Manukau Harbour is included in the North Island West Coast Marine Mammal Sanctuary and borders the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area. It contains a variety of habitats and species assemblages and is a particularly important feeding area for native and migratory wading birds. The Manukau Harbour and surrounds is recognised as a national “hotspot” for coastal bird diversity and endangered bird species. An oil spill, leak or waste problem on the Auckland West Coast will be devastating to the sensitive environment of the Manukau Harbour.
3. We endorse the submission by Waitākere Ranges Local Board which opposes the Block Offer 2015 proposal. However, if the Block Offer goes ahead we want to emphasise the need for safeguards including those outlined below in this submission.
4. The Puketāpapa Local Board wishes to emphasise and elaborate on the following issues raised in the Auckland Council submission:
5. Point 1) Auckland Council draft submission: That the government provide a consistent response in removing any overlap of proposed Block Offer release areas with marine mammal sanctuaries for both the North Island West Coast Marine Mammal Sanctuary and the Banks Peninsula Marine Mammal Sanctuary. The North Island West Coast Marine Mammal Sanctuary is home to the critically endangered Maui’s dolphin of which it is thought there are only 55 remaining. Maui’s dolphins are highly sensitive to seismic noise such as the noise that would be produced by drilling and their range offshore is not well understood. It would be reckless and irresponsible to have an overlap or have Block Offer release areas in close proximity to the sanctuary.
6. Point 3) Auckland Council draft submission: That in recognition of the sensitivity of potentially impacted areas, the government take action, including in assessing tenders, to ensure that risks of oil spills and other discharges are minimised particularly in areas close to the coast. ‘Taking action’ should include the following:
a. Requiring permit applicants to consult with relevant and/or nearby local authorities as part of any environmental impact assessment to be conducted. This will allow us, as a Council to inform the development of risk mitigation measures that takes into account all sensitive ecological and cultural areas that may be adversely affected, directly or indirectly.
b. Requiring successful applicants/operators to consult on and make transparent information about their contingency plans. It is widely acknowledged that the containment of oil spills depends partly on the proximity and availability of vessels, rigs and equipment with the capability to undertake capping or relief well drilling. Whilst acknowledging that the HHU, EPA and MNZ will be applying their expertise to the assessment of the operators proposals, local authorities can bring in important local knowledge that can inform the appropriateness of the provisions e.g location of vessels, equipment including storage, coastal management plans, priorities for protections based on local knowledge etc.
7. Point 4) Auckland Council draft submission: That government support integration with council Resource Management Act (RMA) processes by continuing to keep iwi and local authorities informed of the permitting process and where appropriate, sharing analysis and data between Crown Minerals Act and RMA processes. Local authorities have a vested interest in the prevention of any adverse effects to the marine environment. As we have seen with disasters such as the Deepwater Horizon and the Rena, the impacts of an oil spill disaster are not limited to environmental degradation but extend to economic and social. It is crucial that local authorities are involved, informed and are a part of the response to any problem that may arise.
8. Oil exploration opens up our fragile and sensitive ecosystems as well as exposes our local communities and economy to grave risks. It supports carbon-based industries and this takes away from our commitments and responsibilities to reduce our carbon footprint and reverse dangerous climate change.
 Page 106, Auckland Regional Council Environmental condition and values of Manukau Harbour http://www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/council/documents/technicalpublications/TR2009_112%20-%20Environmental%20Condition%20and%20Values%20of%20Manukau%20Harbour.pdf
 NZ Govt supporting information on regulating exploratory drilling under the EEZ Act