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Save Happy Valley callout for occupiers

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Solid Energy has begun drilling - we need occupiers

The Save Happy Valley Coalition has been occupying Happy Valley near Westport where the State owned company Solid Energy plans to turn the area into an opencast coal mine.

Solid Energy have started drilling and we desperately need people to go into the occupation. This message from someone who is currently there:
"Hey we are in the Valley. It's very noisy and they have bought in a waterpump and started training our water supply. Helicopter buzzing around since sunrise. Lots of workers and security. Hard to stand by and watch but there little we can do. We need more people here now!"

If you can help contact occupation@savehappyvalley.org.nz or021 032 3335
Pictures to come
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Re: Save Happy Valley callout for occupiers

we need to start attacking the fossil fool empire where we live. solidarity means attack.

to save the beautiful happy valley there can be no compromise in defence of our biosphere.

head out tonight and spray paint. small scale actions against the fossil fool empire will turn into large scale actions.

Occupiers: time to get over it

you idiots, sooner or later the lot of you will be arrested and i'll be watching the 6 oclock news and lol!!! you are just getting in the way of hard working people trying to make a buck in this testing economic climate... and you say that others have no compassion!

Re: Occupiers: time to get over it

You are probably the same sort of person who was against closing the Nazi concentration camps. "Don't close them, look at all those hardworking guards, torturers, and doctors who are kept in a job. You wouldn't want to make their families starve or go on the (fuhrer forbid!) DOLE, would you?"

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"people trying to make a buck"... yes, but these 'bucks' are from the rape and destruction of a habitat. It is sad that the capitalist economic system puts people in these positions, but that does not make it right.

Stand up against the destruction of the landbase, fight for those who cannot, do what you know in your hearts is right.

Re: Save Happy Valley callout for occupiers

what i know in my heart is that there are too many politically naive people that 'anarchists' 'environmentalists' 'leftists' 'democrats' and so forth are using alarmist theories so desperately to try and prove their righteousness. you chastise others for thinking in dichotomous terms (right/wrong, black/white) when you yourselves tend to oversimplify things to the point of distortion and alarmism. the only way to truly "save" happy valley is to allow drillers, excavationists and so forth to complete what they have already started - that is the attempt to provide much needed mineral deposits to the larger world

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to the second poster ,your the idiot ,we wouldnt want anything to get in the way of your TV viewing ,heavens forbid that you actually thought of something other than yourself or what shit your going to watch on TV ,this is the destruction of a pristine native enviroment you twat

Let the Drilling Continue Please

i'd rather watch tv than masturbate (oh thats right - "protest") "against" a pseudo-political cause that i actually know fuck-all about - (hey - but i got real "cool" "anti-establishment" friends who tell me what to think). you sad little manipulable being - please do me and YOURSELF a favour and start using YOUR brain (not your "trendy friends' brains)

Re: Save Happy Valley callout for occupiers

yeah lets destroy what we have here to provide minerals to the wider world ,your attitude beggars belief ,another drone that cant think for themself and who only gives a toss for there own pathetic little life

Re: Re: Save Happy Valley callout for occupiers

oh great, another so-called "left-winger" that can't think for him/herself except in dichotomous political terms that he/she possibly learned from the same politically correct laboratory helen clark studied at.

Re: Save Happy Valley callout for occupiers

Trolls live in caves or under bridges. Kindly stay there.

Jared D

Re: Save Happy Valley callout for occupiers

I find it highly ironic that oil and coal contain the remnants of a previous civilisation that probably thought in such ignorant and self absorbed ways as the loser that just shat on this news item, ignoring the signs so to speak of the damage they were causing to the environment and air all in the name of comfort and modernity.

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The remnants of a previous civilisation? Whatever in the world are you smoking?
From Wikipedia:
"Geologists view crude oil and natural gas as the product of compression and heating of ancient organic materials (i.e. kerogen) over geological time. Formation of petroleum occurs from hydrocarbon pyrolysis, in a variety of mostly endothermic reactions at high temperature and/or pressure.[13] Today's oil formed from the preserved remains of prehistoric zooplankton and algae, which had settled to a sea or lake bottom in large quantities under anoxic conditions (the remains of prehistoric terrestrial plants, on the other hand, tended to form coal). Over geological time the organic matter mixed with mud, and was buried under heavy layers of sediment resulting in high levels of heat and pressure (known as diagenesis). This caused the organic matter to chemically change, first into a waxy material known as kerogen which is found in various oil shales around the world, and then with more heat into liquid and gaseous hydrocarbons in a process known as catagenesis."

Thus if you consider zooplankton and algae civilisation, then fair enough. I'm just glad we've evolved further than that.

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Wikipedia: Makes you an instant professor.

Re: Save Happy Valley callout for occupiers

WOW doesn't take much to get you folk off the subject. Just one idiot.

Now back to the destruction of a beautiful place. Who is able to help was the question. I can't sorry. Health not good.

I hope very much that you can stop it.

Re: Save Happy Valley callout for occupiers

Sending coal to India, China, Japan, Australia so we can increase Don Elder's pay is not wise. Destroying Kiwi habitat so that overseas companies have endless steel is stupid, its economically short sighted too. We wipe out our manufactoring industries and send the raw good to other economies and the largest steel companies in the world.

F*ck solid energy, labour and national.

Re: Save Happy Valley callout for occupiers

how to burn the climate and profit from it:

Gerry Brownlee 24 February, 2009

Unlocking New Zealand's Energy and Resources Potential

Unlocking New Zealand's Energy and Resources Potential

Keynote speech to National Power Conference
24 February 2009

INTRODUCTION

It's great to be here today for my first major speech since becoming the Minister of Energy and Resources late last year.

I was delighted when Prime Minister John Key asked me to take on the energy and resources portfolio after the election.

New Zealand has an extremely bright energy future ahead of it.

We have world-class renewable energy sources like wind and geothermal, and the potential for large gains in economic development through our gas, oil and mineral resources.

As Minister, I am committed to unlocking New Zealand's energy potential for the benefit of all New Zealanders, both present and future.

In the first part of my comments today I'll talk about the policy and regulatory challenges facing New Zealand in electricity.

I'll talk about our plans for increasing transmission investment, improving security of supply, upholding our environmental responsibilities, the New Zealand energy strategy, and energy efficiency.

I'll then talk about New Zealand's natural resources and our ideas to bolster this much neglected area of economic activity.

TRANSMISSION INVESTMENT

The National Party went into the 2008 election with an electricity policy focused on ensuring security of supply.

A vital part of security of supply is effective and efficient transmission.
There has been underinvestment in the electricity grid over the past decade.

The result has been power outages like we saw early this month in Auckland and rising retail prices because of an inability for generators to send electricity freely around the country.

In particular, the retirement of Pole 1 at the end of 2007 has placed considerable pressure on the electricity system. All around the grid vital upgrades are well overdue.

It's important is that these problems are fixed as quickly as possible.

It's encouraging to see that Transpower has a $3.8 billion programme of investment planned for the next ten years.

The Government is keen to see that work progressed.

To that end, the government believes that disentangling the regulatory overlap between Transpower, the Electricity Commission and the Commerce Commission is desirable.

We know that getting it right will take some time.

However the Government is taking some interim steps to ensure transmission investment can happen more quickly.

Government Policy Statement

As a first step, Cabinet is considering a new draft Government Policy Statement on Electricity Governance.

At the moment, individual grid upgrade projects costing more than $1.5 million must be approved by the Electricity Commission.

The process can involve a lengthy duplication of engineering and systems planning.

Furthermore, in the five years the Commission has operated, the cost difference between projects proposed and projects approved has only been $120 million. I say only because that represents only 5.9% of the total cost.

And that doesn't take any account of the time and expense in the process. Moreover for many projects there has been little or no variation between the application and approval cost figures.

The Electricity Act requires a new GPS go through a period of consultation. Once issued, I expect that to be brief. In these tough economic times it's advisable the bureaucracy stops going around in circles.

Regulatory and Governance Arrangements

In the longer term, as I said before, the Government regards it as vital that the overlapping roles and duplication between the Electricity Commission, the Commerce Commission, and Transpower, are disentangled.

Our 2008 election policy promised a regulatory and governance review, to reduce duplication, minimise the costs of regulation, and improve the investment environment.

Reviews take time and so it's with great interest that I have received a report commissioned by Business NZ that examines exactly those issues. I am very impressed by the report.

It is highly credible, written by Kieran Murray, Graham Scott, and Toby Stevenson - all very familiar with the industry.

The report says that there is currently a clear mismatch between an allocation of roles and responsibilities for effective problem solving, and the current allocation of regulatory functions in the electricity industry.

The report makes a number of interesting observations and makes some recommendations that would find favour with critics of the current arrangements.

However, some of the report's recommendations require more thought.

For example, the report says that industry participants would be more effective at designing efficient wholesale and retail market trading rules.

I think the wild-west days of 1998 to 2003 demonstrate the perils of complete industry self-governance reliant on voluntary action.

After reading the Business NZ report, I was immediately struck by the absurdity of calling for a review of duplication of activity in the electricity sector - when any further review would in fact duplicate the Business NZ report.

I am therefore considering a Ministerial Working Party to take the Business NZ report as a working document that may form the basis for recommendations on future regulatory and governance arrangements.

The working party would also be asked to consider the issue of affordability and consider how we can get off the escalator of price hikes that has typified the last five years.

While a decision to proceed down this line has yet to be made, any working party would be expected to report in the latter half of the year.

As I'm sure you're aware, the Commerce Commission is currently nearing completion of an investigation into alleged breaches of market power by electricity generators.

That investigation involves a detailed assessment of whether electricity market participants have substantial market power, and whether they have used such power for an anti-competitive purpose.

That report will be extremely interesting to receive and my understanding is that it will be released shortly.

I want to say very clearly that the Government will not hesitate to act if the report finds significant shortcomings in the operation of the market.

Electricity affordability is too important to New Zealanders for us not to.

SECURITY OF SUPPLY

Transmission is not the only aspect of security of supply.

A critical element of security of supply is new generation coming online to meet rising demand.

Only around 1100 MW of net new capacity has been built since 2001 - around 135 MW per year.

New Zealand needs around 175 to 200 MW of new capacity each year.

The lack of new generation build has reduced security of supply.

I know this is simplistic analysis, but if supply is short then price will always be under upward pressure.

RMA Reform

There is little doubt in my mind that the convolutions of the RMA have in no small part deterred greater levels of investment.

Earlier this month, the Minister for the Environment announced extensive plans for long overdue reform of the Resource Management Act.

The RMA has slowed down new projects, made sure some never got off the drawing board, and even made it hard to keep existing power stations running.

The worst effect of the RMA has been the costs it has imposed on new projects - costs that just get passed on to consumers.

I'm very pleased by the initial RMA changes introduced to the House by Hon Dr Nick Smith last Thursday.

I don't have the time to give you a detailed outline of the major changes here today, but I think they'll be very useful for the industry.

The Resource Management (Streamlining and Simplifying) Amendment Bill is currently before the Local Government and Environment Select Committee and I encourage you to make submissions on it.

The intention is to have the reformed RMA in force by 1 July this year.

Thermal Ban

One of the first things the new Government did was to remove the ban on new thermal baseload electricity generation.

The ban was a piece of political symbolism that endangered security of supply.

The Government wants investment in new electricity generation to occur on the basis of sound economics, rather than through ruling out particular options on the basis of ideology.

Gas will be a big part of New Zealand's energy mix in the future.

Gas already plays a vital "firming" role with hydro generation, and this will only increase in the future with intermittent generation such as wind coming into the system.

New Zealand's electrical energy future will rely on more wind, hydro and geothermal. Gas will bridge us to that future.

ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

The Government knows that New Zealand must balance its energy needs with its environmental responsibilities.

We are very conscious that energy contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and our Kyoto liability.

Emissions Trading Scheme

I know that many of you are concerned about the Government's plans for the Emissions Trading Scheme.

The ETS designed by the previous government is being reviewed by a special select committee of Parliament, and it would be premature to comment before their work is completed.

National went into the 2008 election committed to a well-considered, carefully balanced Emissions Trading Scheme for New Zealand.

The Government is very focused on the international negotiations around the successor to the Kyoto Treaty.

The efforts of Trade Minister Hon Tim Groser in negotiating our position are aimed at allowing New Zealand to participate in the post-Kyoto world.

I am hopeful that the special select committee process will recommend an ETS scheme that will let us do that.

Biofuels

As you'll know the Government moved swiftly before Christmas last year to repeal the biofuel sales obligation.

Despite that, the Government is supportive of the use of biofuels in New Zealand. There are a number of exciting biofuel developments taking place around the country.

I've signaled in the past that the government is concerned at the imbalance in the tax treatment between bioethanol and biodiesel.

Bioethanol sales do not incur associated excise tax like the petrol it substitutes, whereas biodiesel and mineral diesel incur road user charges equally.

There is no meaningful public policy justification for this distortion.

I am particularly concerned that it disadvantages New Zealand biofuel producers whose current focus is biodiesel, in favour of imported ethanol.

The Government is undertaking further work in this area, and will look at applying a consistent tax incentive for sustainable biofuels, whether bioethanol or biodiesel.

You can expect to hear more from me on this when I open the EECA Biofuels and Electric Cars conference in March.

REVIEWING THE ENERGY STRATEGY

The Government agrees with the idea of an energy strategy that everyone in the industry can get behind, and a strategy that sets out key priorities for the medium to long-term.

However, the Government believes that the current New Zealand Energy Strategy, released in late 2007, is deficient in a number of ways.

The current Energy Strategy represents the high point of the total subsuming of energy policy into climate change policy.

The whole Strategy is an idealistic vision document for carbon neutrality.

You need only read the foreword of the NZES to get a sense of this.

"Sustainability" and "sustainable" are mentioned thirteen times, "greenhouse gas" is mentioned four times, and "climate change" is mentioned three times.

That is all very good, but security of supply rates only one mention. Affordability is not touched on at all. Nor is economic growth.

The National-led Government believes a refocusing of the Energy Strategy is required.

The new strategy will focus on security of supply, affordability, and environmental responsibility, with the overriding goal of maximising economic growth.

The Government is currently considering the best way of carrying out the update of the Energy Strategy and I will make further announcements about this in the coming weeks.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

I'm keen to encourage energy efficiency gains in New Zealand.

Improved energy efficiency saves consumers money, reduces demand for electricity, with consequent positive effect on our energy emissions profile.

One of the things the government is focusing on at the moment is household insulation.

Around 860,000 houses in New Zealand have no insulation, or are under insulated. 235,000 of these homes are occupied by people on low incomes.

Research from the Wellington School of Medicine shows that for every dollar spent on insulating cold houses, there is a two dollar return in energy and health savings.

One night in hospital costs the same as insulating a whole house.

I have tasked the Ministry of Economic Development and EECA with designing a plan to significantly boost the number of home insulation retrofits occurring in private homes.

Investing in home insulation doesn't just make sense from a health and productivity point of view, it's also the right type of infrastructure boost our economy needs just to keep jobs through the downturn.

I'll be making announcements about the government's intentions for more home insulations later.

RESOURCES

I'd now like to talk about New Zealand's natural resources.

One of my first opportunities as a Minister was to visit the opening of the Pike River Coal mine on the West Coast.

In my speech there I signaled that New Zealand's natural resources such as minerals, oil, and gas have a significant role to play in contributing to our economic prosperity.

The total annual production value of petroleum, coal and minerals is about $4.2 billion, which should increase significantly in coming years with production from the Tui, Pohokura, Kupe and Maari oil and gas fields.

The Crown currently collects around $137 million in royalties and energy resource levies, which are projected to rise to around $700 million by 2010/11.

I believe the contribution that the resources sector could make to our growth rate, levels of employment, and quality of life, has been neglected in the last few years.

Other resource-rich countries, such as Australia, have worked hard to maximise the return from its resource endowment and have reaped the rewards.

Australia is called the "lucky country" because of its natural resources endowment. New Zealanders need to know that this country is similarly endowed.

For example, there is great interest in New Zealand's offshore hydrocarbon opportunities.

GNS calculate that more than 1.2 million square kilometres of New Zealand's economic zone could have hydrocarbons underneath it.

Our total petroleum potential could be as much as 24 billion barrels of oil equivalent.

New Zealand is a mineral rich country.

A recent report by geologist Richard Barker estimated that the metallic mineral potential of New Zealand has a gross in-situ value of more than $140 billion, with lignite alone at least an additional $100 billion.

In Northland there is the potential for $28 billion of non-metallic and $5.2 billion of metallic mineral deposits.

This Government is excited by the gains in economic development that natural resources can help produce.

It's for that reason that Prime Minister John Key added the responsibility of "Resources" to the Energy portfolio. It's a clear signal that New Zealand's quite considerable resource endowment is of great interest to us.

Petroleum

The Government is interested in acquiring new seismic data to stimulate further exploration for oil and gas.

The last round of seismic collection between 2004 and 2007, before the programme was abolished, led to considerable new exploration in New Zealand waters.

Before Christmas I asked my Ministry to free up $3.75 million for some seismic work over this summer.

In the year ahead the Government will also be reviewing existing domestic and international petroleum policy, licensing and fiscal regimes. This was signaled in our 2008 election manifesto.

The work will include identification of petroleum, industrial, environmental and economic policies that work well in other jurisdictions and the reasons for their success.

The aim of the review will be to recommend measures that ensure NZ continues to have a "fit for purpose" petroleum regime, attractive to explorers and extractors, but also sensitive to environmental best practice.

Minerals

Work will also begin this year on a review of the mineral regime to ensure it captures appropriate value for New Zealand.

In exploiting the potential of NZ mineral deposits, it's worth noting that economically beneficial outcomes are not always inconsistent with good environmental practice.

The Pike River project demonstrates exactly that. The mine's environmental footprint has been kept to a minimum through good design, with little damage to the ancient trees and bush.

The Department of Conservation recently presented Pike River Coal with a certificate recognising the "environmental consideration it demonstrated" in the development of the coal mine.

The Government's RMA Amendment Bill establishes an Environmental Protection Agency.

Initially this will be a statutory office inside the Ministry for the Environment, and it will evolve into a body that takes a wider view of environmental issues.

Crown Minerals will be co-operating with its development to ensure the success of Pike River can be replicated by other operators.

Carbon Sequestration

The Government is also interested in the possibilities of Carbon Capture and Storage, or carbon sequestration technology.

If commercially viable CCS technology can be developed then it will be enormously beneficial to New Zealand.

Our total in ground coal resource is approximately 15.5 billion tonnes. Of this there are at least 6 billion tonnes of economically recoverable lignite.

This equates to 74,000 petajoules or the energy content of 20 Maui gas fields.

Last year I visited the Otway project in Victoria in which some government entities have had some involvement.

I'll be interested to see how the government can be involved in supporting this exciting technology in the future.

CONCLUSION

In conclusion, let me repeat that New Zealand is an energy rich country.

We have extraordinary renewable energy resources, such as wind, hydro, and geothermal power.

We have fantastic natural resources which could make a significant contribution to our prosperity.

I'm sure it is the goal of all of us here to unlock the potential of New Zealand's energy resources for the benefit of all New Zealanders, and I look forward to working with the industry to achieve that.

Re: Save Happy Valley callout for occupiers

ignore the trolls and discuss the real issue! This amazing place is under threat! If you can go there then do, if you cant but care do something, a stall a letter something! help thoes who can go.

Remember that the secret service and all there fuckwit friends tried to pull this and many other campaings apart with infiltration/spies etc etc so just ignore the bullshit and get down to business PLEASE!

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better watch those spies! like you incompetent fruit cakes would actually be worth it! sounds like more than just paranoia - the 'left-right-out wing' is having delusions of grandeur. this is actually kind of amusing

Indymedia: Home of the Left-right out Wing

better watch those spies! like you incompetent fruit cakes would actually be worth it! sounds like more than just paranoia - the 'left-right-out wing' is having delusions of grandeur. this is actually kind of amusing

Re: Save Happy Valley callout for occupiers

Tautoko

Re: Save Happy Valley callout for occupiers

Solid energy's mines are all listed here: www.coaslnz.com
- cick 'coal', then 'operations', then 'mine' for a up to date map.

Solid Energy can be cacted here Corporate and Registered Office
Solid Energy New Zealand Ltd
PO Box 1303, Christchurch, 8013
2 Show Place Addington
Christchurch, 8024
New Zealand
Tel: (03) 345 6000
Fax: (03) 345 6016
info@solidenergy.co.nz

and CEO Don Elder can be contacted via don.elder@solidenergy.co.nz

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When the coal has been finished, then whats next?

Oh yes the forests and forests of pine that have replaced the native species. Its not as though NZ pine is any good for building it all ends up as bog paper and when its shipped out as wood chips then there goes another piece of the nations fertility.

I remember the Labour Gummitup caused near on 40,000 health events for West Auckland when they sprayed for the Caterpillar moth to protect foreign shareholders. Bet the shareholders did not pay a premium to cover the human damage incurred.

The truth is that we are not really clean and green are we? In some areas we have 3rd world health stats. Support those who care for the environment. Not for shareholders bottom line but for the bottom line of the future.

Good on you Guys who are laying it on the line for us all.

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When the coal has been finished, then whats next?

Oh yes the forests and forests of pine that have replaced the native species. Its not as though NZ pine is any good for building it all ends up as bog paper and when its shipped out as wood chips then there goes another piece of the nations fertility.

I remember the Labour Gummitup caused near on 40,000 health events for West Auckland when they sprayed for the Caterpillar moth to protect foreign shareholders. Bet the shareholders did not pay a premium to cover the human damage incurred.

The truth is that we are not really clean and green are we? In some areas we have 3rd world health stats. Support those who care for the environment. Not for shareholders bottom line but for the bottom line of the future.

Good on you Guys who are laying it on the line for us all.

Re: Save Happy Valley callout for occupiers

Here's an article that's worth reading, especially it you're a troll...
why is humanity finding it difficult to take action on climate change?
http://www.carboncommentary.com/2009/03/02/406#more-406

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Good post. Only messages

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The Save Happy Valley protesters have all been kicked out of Happy Valley! haha. did they really think that they were stopping the mine? they gloated that they had been in there for years and that they were saving the place, when in fact they were camping there for no good reason at all! HOW EMBARRASSING . As soon as Solid Energy wanted to start mining, they went in and moved their EMPTY camp away! What a joke

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Good call mate! they are all talk, what they are doing actually does not save the environment