Company begins controversial programme to seek oil and gas from "unconventional" shale rock formations.
"Safety is the keyword and I trust the scientists on this."
Environmental protests against oil, gas and gold mining have broken out from one end of the country to the other in the last two days.
"NZ has the potential to be a Norway, leading the world in social welfare, cradle-to-grave provision. But first we need an oil and gas industry."
Commissioner makes it clear the evidence does not back up some of the more emotive claims.
"A small victory for science and rationalism against the superstitious, "great-leap backwards" cultists."
A report to parliament this afternoon is expected to endorse fracking but advocate stronger safeguards.
In a lengthy submission to the commissioner for the environment, the company insists concerns about toxic chemicals are exaggerated.
"Finally some balance to this debate. This time with some expertise."
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