Shell Todd Energy, has been caught drilling illegally in New Zealand waters.
Official documents show Shell failed to get permission to drill two wells in the oil and gas region off the North Island’s West Coast.
While the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) criticised Shell’s action there have been no consequences and the Government has defended Shell’s flouting of the law.
There is now only one month left for the EPA to bring a prosecution. They must act now.
Industry disregard for safety and environmental regulations with offshore drilling increases the chance of accidents.
Such a cowboy attitude is unfortunately what we’ve come to expect from oil drillers but this must not be tolerated by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Unless it wants to be known as a toothless regulator, prepared to look the other way when big oil comes to town, it must prosecute.
Send a message now telling the Environmental Protection Authority to prosecute Shell.