Dunedin has joined some other councils in calling moratorium on fracking – hydraulic fracturing.
National MP Michael Woodhouse, has responded by challenging the city to say yes.
He’s calling on Dunedin’s city leaders to publicly state their support for oil and gas exploration as long as environmental risks can be managed.
Speaking in yesterday’s General Debate he compared the national GDP per capita of $46,000 with that of Taranaki where the GDP per capita is $88,000.
In that province agriculture, tourism and oil and gas exploration co-exist. The latter adds significantly to the economic and social benefits without environmental problems.