Government must rule out 8 “Dead” Rivers project – Greenpeace

Posted 27/11/2018

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Source: Greenpeace New Zealand

Tuesday, November 27: Greenpeace is calling on the Government to rule out what it says is a massive polluting project proposed for Taranaki that will increase dirty energy dependency and increase production of “river-killing” urea.

The billion-dollar project proposes using hydrocarbon gas to make hydrogen and urea. The hydrogen would be used as an energy source, while the urea would be used as fertiliser on New Zealand’s farms and for export.

Greenpeace campaigner Steve Abel says if the project, known as ‘8 Rivers’ goes ahead, it would be disastrous for the climate and New Zealand’s rivers.

“It should really be called ‘Dead Rivers’, because it will destroy our waterways and lock us more deeply into dependency on gas, a dirty and finite source of energy,” he says.

The use of synthetic nitrogen fertilisers have already caused the Earth’s safe nitrogen cycle boundary to be breached. This is one of nine planetary boundaries that if surpassed, threaten human survival. Greenpeace has just launched a campaign calling for the Government ban all synthetic nitrogen fertiliser in New Zealand. Abel says urea is a double whammy for the climate and rivers.

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