Auckland Council will Vote on Annual Block Offer on Thursday, Calling for Stricter Oil Drilling Restrictions

Auckland Council will Vote on Annual Block Offer on Thursday, Calling for Stricter Oil Drilling RestrictionsOnce more, the Auckland Council is urging the government to apply bigger restrictions on offshore oil drilling in order to protect the Maui's dolphins.

On Thursday the full council will vote on the annual Block Offer proposed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, that also includes certain areas which will be offered for oil applications of exploration permit in 2016.

This is the third time; the council will make submissions to the government for its yearly Block Offer requesting it to stiffen the guidelines.

Last year, the government took some of the recommendations from the council but the local government body is not satisfied that it has done enough to protect the natural and physical resources of Auckland. Although, the council plans to acknowledge the Block Offer as a whole but it is expected that some of the local bodies will not readily accept the plan due to environmental concerns. The Block Offer includes areas which are much off the west coast of the North Island.

The council's submissions stay the same like last year in general. It says, "While not directly in Auckland's coastal marine area (CMA), oil exploration and production in nearby regions and Exclusive Economic Zone could have effects on Auckland's natural and physical resources and their social, cultural and economic use and value."

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