Nothing sums up the madness of our failed 30 year neo-liberal experiment quite like the fact that we have handed over vital infrastructure like oil refinery to private companies whose interests are served by paying as little as possible for that infrastructure.
The recent disruption of supply because a digger severed the oil pipe while hunting Kauri would be hilarious enough, but a recent report into the threat of a tsunami wiping out our refinery infrastructure must demand more attention and intervention…
The threat from a massive tsunami to New Zealand’s fuel supply is much greater than previously thought, says a report to a government review of infrastructure.
Tsunami waves of up to 7.5m high hitting exposed parts of the east coast of the country — knocking out the refinery at Marsden Pt, tanks at other ports and other fuel infrastructure — are judged as more likely than when petroleum supply security was reviewed for the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment five years ago.
…Refining New Zealand is the industry funded pretence to pay for infrastructure so that the Government don’t wise up and demand more serious oversight, thankfully Resources Minister Megan Woods has ordered an inquiry into the fiasco last year and fingers crossed she extends the focus to whether or not this joke is fit for purpose.
For 30 years we have subcontracted vital physical and social infrastructure off to the free market and had a lowest cost service provided with zero vision.
It’s time that we were better than this.