Today is the one year anniversary of the deep sea oil disaster in the US Gulf of Mexico. The flotilla opposing deep sea oil drilling has taken on supplies - and is heading back out to the Raukūmara Basin off East Cape to make sure that a similar catastrophe does not happen in New Zealand waters.
Deep sea oil drilling risks both our economy and environment and the burning of fossil fuels drives climate change. For these reasons oil is a dead-end industry. As a powerhouse of renewable energy, New Zealand shouldn't be risking everything we value to chase the last drops of oil, we should be weaning ourselves off the bad oil and getting on board for the clean energy revolution the whole world so urgently needs.
TAKE ACTION: Support the flotilla by sending our anniversary e-card to John Key
The Deepwater Horizon disaster was a catastrophe for the local economy, communities and the wildlife of the Gulf of Mexico.
It should have been a lesson for us all but right as oil was pouring into the Gulf last year, the NZ Government announced that it had given a permit for the same type of high-risk deep sea oil drilling to happen in our own coastal waters. The Petrobras permit allows prospecting and an exploratory drill at depths twice that of the Gulf of Mexico disaster.
Over the past few weeks Greenpeace, the Nuclear Free Flotilla, 350 Aotearoa and others have stood shoulder to shoulder with East Cape iwi te Whānau ā Apanui to protest and disrupt the oil exploration in the deep waters of the Raukumara Basin.
John Key's Government reacted with unseemly panic in defence of the oil giant by using the police, navy and airforce. Our peaceful Flotilla to Stop Deep Sea Oil is not intimidated by these actions and today sets sail again today to convey to Petrobras and Government their resilience and determination to oppose and stop deep sea oil exploration and drilling from happening in New Zealand waters.
You can send the flotilla a message of support here and send John Key our e-card here.