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An ecosystem-based approach to protect the deep sea from miningEurekAlert | 04 Dec 2013
(University of Hawaii at Manoa) A new paper describes the expert-driven systematic conservation planning process applied to inform science-based recommendations to the International Seabed Authority for a system of deep-sea marine protected areas to safeguard biodiversity and ecosystem function in an abyssal Pacific region targeted for nodule mining (e.g. the Clarion-Clipperton fracture zone, CCZ).
Labour split on deep sea drillingNew Zealand Herald | 28 Nov 2013
Shane Jones' comments in support of Anadarko's deep sea oil drilling has left Labour Deputy Leader David Parker scrambling to reconcile his outspoken economic development spokesman's views with the opposition voiced by MPs Mackey and Phil Twyford.
Between the devil and the deep blue sea (opinion)World Fishing | 28 Nov 2013
Several mining firms plan to prospect for and exploit deep sea mineral resources, some in international waters. Up-to-date technologies, as well as the rising price of some of the minerals, boost attractiveness of such initiatives, in spite of previous attempts at deep-sea mining, which haven't yet proven technologically or economically feasible.
Editorial: If we've got oil under our oceans, we need to find it (opinion)New Zealand Herald | 27 Nov 2013
Now Greenpeace has given up its seaborne protest against exploratory oil drilling off Raglan it is not clear what it intended to prove out there. Once one vessel of its flotilla entered the statutory exclusion zone the protest statements became somewhat contradictory. Sometimes they said their action showed the exclusion zone was not justified, at other times they reckoned it proved Anadarko Petroleum was reckless.
Anadarko starts drilling in the early morningNew Zealand Herald | 26 Nov 2013
Deep sea exploration oil drilling off the Waikato coast by Texas-based oil company Anadarko began early today. The deep sea drilling of an oil well, more than 1500 metres deep, commenced at 2.30am by the oil exploration vessel Noble Bob Douglas, Anadarko New Zealand spokesman Alan Seay said.
EPA confident of defending drilling decision - KeyNew Zealand Herald | 26 Nov 2013
The Environmental Protection Agency is confident of defending their decision to allow off-shore oil drilling in the Taranaki basin, Prime Minister John Key said today. Greenpeace filed papers in the High Court at Wellington today seeking a judicial review of the process the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) followed in giving Anadarko permission for deep sea oil exploration.
Anti oil-drilling flotilla bound for Tasman showdownNew Zealand Herald | 11 Nov 2013
The question of whether the skippers of the boats in the Oil-Free Seas flotilla will flout the Government's new sea protest laws in its coming encounters with the giant Anardarko drilling ship the Nobel Bob Douglas remained unanswered today as the boats cast off from Princes Wharf in Auckland.
Flotilla to take on oil giant AnadarkoNew Zealand Herald | 07 Nov 2013
The Oil Free Seas flotilla will confront a Texan oil company's drilling ship over 100 nautical miles off the North Island's west coast in the coming weeks. The flotilla will set sail in the next few days from Auckland, Wellington, Kaikoura, Bay of Islands and Bluff, and will head to the drilling site, which is 110 nautical miles west of Raglan.
Cold war KiwisNew Zealand Herald | 26 Oct 2013
Two Kiwis protesting against deep-sea oil drilling are caught in the middle of a high-stakes power play.
Greenpeace piracy charges 'dropped'BBC | 23 Oct 2013
Greenpeace activists held in Russia over a protest against Arctic oil drilling face lesser charges of hooliganism rather than piracy, officials say.
Norway protects ocean from drillingWorld Fishing | 08 Oct 2013
The new government of Norway has committed to protecting valuable areas of the ocean from being impacted by petroleum activities.
Is democracy for sale? (opinion)New Zealand Herald | 07 Oct 2013
These days the government are outlawing those protesting environmental causes at sea. What gives?
IslandLife: Oil and Whales dont mix (blog)theenvironmentinseychelles.blogspot.no | 07 Oct 2013
As oil exploration intensifies in our waters, we need to understand the potential impacts of not only oil drilling, if indeed commercially-viable oil deposits are found, but also of oil exploration on marine biodiversity.
Stars join fight to free Kiwi activistsNew Zealand Herald | 06 Oct 2013
Actor Jude Law and musician Damon Albarn have added their voices to mounting calls for the release of 30 Greenpeace activists, including two New Zealanders, being detained in Russia.
Surf champ submits anti-drilling oil exploration bidNew Zealand Herald | 26 Sep 2013
New Zealand surf champ Mischa Davis hand-delivered an oil exploration bid to the Minister of Business Innovation and Employment in Wellington today despite her opposition to drilling. Davis was supporting the Green Party's "Kiwi Bid" submitted to draw attention to the 2013 block offer under which the Government will grant permits for drilling and other exploratory activities for 189,000 square kilometres of ocean, much of it in deep water.
Russia probes Greenpeace 'piracy'BBC | 24 Sep 2013
Russian prosecutors accuse 30 Greenpeace activists of piracy and will prosecute all of them for trying to board an Arctic oil platform.
Sea of troubleNew Zealand Herald | 21 Sep 2013
The rough seas of the southern Pacific Ocean are set to be the focus of resource consent debate as a mining company's bid to dredge the sea floor comes up against the fishing industry and environmentalists.
Tanzania: Prospects for Tanzania Becoming Major Hydrocarbon Exporting NationAllAfrica.com | 20 Sep 2013
THE last 4 or 5 years have seen an incredible amount of increased activity and interest in Tanzania's hydrocarbon (oil and Gas) industry - largely brought on by the announcements by companies like Ophir, BG, ENI and Statoil on the potentially very large gas discoveries being made in the deep water areas off the coast.