Abbie Jury and Fiona Clark live in the Tikorangi, Taranaki. Their story will probably surprise you. The arguments that a reduction of extraction here will cause an increase in emissions elsewhere implies that practices locally are somehow cleaner. Yet we frack, land farm, and have open flare pits. It also seems likely that there is some deep well injection going on. Monitoring and testing for fugitive emissions seem cursory at best and
oil money seems to flow into every part of the local community to ease things along. Welcome to the sacrificial zone.
Welcome to gaslands.
(Note from Abbie – deep well injection is happening. It is a consented, permitted and admitted activity which is taking place all the time now).