Govt offshore exploration ban faces court challenge

Govt offshore exploration ban faces court challenge
Gavin Evans
Greymouth Petroleum heads to court today to challenge the government’s ban on new offshore exploration. The firm, which operates the onshore Turangi and Kowhai gas fields, argues the government’s ban on new offshore permitting unlawfully took effect when it was announced in April 2018 without any consultation with industry. That was unlawful because the government did not amend the Crown Minerals Act until November that year. Until then, the law, and the minerals programme for petroleum, required the government and officials to promote an...

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