It’s a god damned Greek tragedy in 3 parts, it really is.
It’s a Schadenfreude Dégustation of such epic proportions it deserves its own documentary.
The story of how Kauri poachers damaged the only oil line into Auckland sums up the last 9 years of the National Government so perfectly and has dropped it hot into the lap of the voting public days before the impact of Auckland running dry of petrol will arrive with the election.
We don’t know who damaged the oil line because the piss poor regulation National imposed on the buried Kauri tree poaching industry means they don’t have to get consent from the local council so we may never know who did this.
We all hope it’s Judith Collin’s husband’s Oravida company because as the Minister of Energy and personally benefitting from exploitative Chinese business practices it would be the cherry on the top of this shit cake of crony nepotism that perfectly encompasses National Party and Chinese business interests.
So let’s get the full stop of this clusterfuck shall we?
Some company exploiting the loopholes in National’s weak regulation wreaks the only bloody oil line running into Auckland, an oil pipe line that the Government was warned was vulnerable.
The Government’s response to critical underfunding of infrastructure despite turning on the immigration? To do sweet fuck all nothing of course. The Plan National put forward in case of an emergency was hope the people of Auckland wouldn’t start stockpiling.
FFS. That’s not a plan, that’s wishful fucking thinking.
Regulation demands the oil industry keeps 8 days stockpile of petrol in case of an emergency. We have an emergency. The only pipeline providing Auckland with petrol has been damaged and out of action for at least 10 days. How many believe the oil industry kept their side of the bargain and have 8 days worth of stockpile? Wouldn’t it be cheaper to just keep 7 days? 6 days? 5 days? Once Aucklanders realise the city is about to go dry there will be panic buying for the remaining petrol.
I don’t think people get how big a deal this could be and if Auckland runs dry before the election, it will be Bill English facing the wrath of the entire city of Auckland.