Greenpeace commissioned a computer oil spill modeling report. The oil spill map is online at http://www.oilspillmap.org.nz
It shows a deep-sea blowout could have devastating impacts on New Zealand’s coastal waters and significant economic consequences. Industry standard modeling by Wellington based data scientists Dumpark using ten years of climate and weather data, shows the blowout effects of two planned deep-sea drilling locations off the west coast of the North Island and the east coast of the South Island. The deepest current production well in New Zealand is 125 metres. Texan oil driller Anadarko is scheduled to begin the first deep-sea drilling (at 1500 metres) this summer off the coast of Raglan.