Cafe Scientifique, Tauranga
Presenter/Speaker: Professor Barry Barton
Date: Monday 6 August 2012
Time: 7:15 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Alimento Cafe, 72 First Ave, Tauranga
Managing the environmental effects of petroleum exploraton
Plans to develop oil and gas exploration in New Zealand waters have raised important concerns about potential environmental impacts.
Proposed legislation seeks to manage these impacts but what are the issues at stake and are these being adequately addressed?
Professor Barry Barton of the University of Waikato will discuss the proposed legislation before Parliament to manage the environmental effects of activities in New Zealand's oceans - the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Bill.
He will explain why the Bill has been introduced, its strengths and weaknesses and, in particular, what he considers the key gaps concerning regulation of offshore oil and gas exploration if the legislation is passed in its present form.
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