Energy Minister Phil Heatley gave some interesting numbers during his speech to the National Party conference at the weekend:
In Taranaki tourism earns $124 million a year and provides 1838 jobs. Resource exploration earns $2.5 billion a year and provides 5,090 jobs.
Don’t tell the doom merchants but that resource exploration is from oil wells at sea and it’s not endangering the environment.
He also spoke about the Marsden Point refinery which earns large amounts of export dollars for us.
Don’t spoil the doom merchants’ story but last year there was only one environmental incident there – a pot of paint fell off a wharfe.
The doom merchants would have us believe we can’t drill or mine here because of the environmental dangers.
But we’re already doing it with no problems.
Why would new developments be any more risky than existing ones?