Haha, Syd’s preaching there’s a lot in it for Dunedin if offshore drilling for oil and gas proceeds. We would say, matter-of-factly, only a minor few businessmen will ‘profiteer’, the rest of us won’t see a cent, ever. He’s a simple guy. It’s more about who he knows and how he can be used by them. He’s THE ONE to force out of Council in 2013, IF he decides to stand again. His age is working against him plus he’s got the Taieri subdivisions to keep him busy. Dependably, the mob will find someone to fill his boots. Like nothing happened.
[However, What if? troops, fact-finding has never been so much fun.]
Cr Syd Brown, chairman of the Dunedin City Council’s finance, strategy and development committee, said it did not matter when drilling occurred, and the “real positive” was Dunedin remained on the company’s radar. “It’s really a matter of when it does happen that we make every post a winner, so that that opportunity can be spread over the economy of Dunedin.”
### ODT Online Thu, 2 Aug 2012
Oil drilling off Oamaru postponed
By Chris Morris and Simon Hartley
Dunedin remains in the running to become an oil base, despite the decision by oil giant Anadarko Petroleum to delay bringing a drilling rig into southern waters, a Dunedin city councillor says. It was confirmed yesterday Anadarko had deferred bringing a rig to the Canterbury Basin, offshore from Oamaru, until the summer of 2013. The company had planned to start drilling off the coasts of Raglan, Canterbury and Otago last summer, but that was delayed to October this year because of a global shortage of rigs. Yesterday’s news of a further delay prompted mixed reactions in Dunedin, which could benefit from becoming an oil base if drilling proceeded.
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