Minister of energy Megan Woods via Getty
Minister of energy Megan Woods via Getty

Students suing Megan Woods over decision to grant new onshore oil and gas exploration permits

Lloyd Burr 10/11/2021

LISTEN: Co-Director of Students for Climate Solutions Lachlan Craig talks to Lloyd Burr Live about the planned legal action they are taking against the government.

A group of law students have filed a lawsuit at Wellington’s high court against New Zealand’s minister of energy over her decision to grant two new onshore oil and gas exploration permits just six months after the government declared a climate emergency.

The students claim Megan Woods’ June decision to issue exploration permits in the Taranaki area is inconsistent with the government’s legal obligations under the country’s Zero Carbon Act and the Paris agreement and that she failed to consider key facts like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recent warnings about climate change’s severity.

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