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Auckland Council supports oil exploration off the city’s west coast

Auckland Council has today voted to support oil exploration off the city’s west coast although the government will be deciding whether it goes ahead. For Greenpeace climate and energy campaigner Steve Abel “we need oil like a heroin addict needs heroin, we don’t need it, we are dependent.” “Allowing drilling in this area is counterproductive for climate change,” said Waitakere Ranges Local Board representatives. Shirin Brown from the Waiheke Local board called the government’s policy on economic development “schizophrenic.” Mayor Len Brown said that there are some battles where “the power is not listening at all and this is one of them” as the council does not have the final say on whether drilling will go ahead.
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