Protesters say ‘oil museum’ in OMV New Plymouth automotive park a parting present


Protesters led by Greenpeace have installed an "oil history museum" in the car park of OMV New Plymouth on Thursday morning.

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Protesters led by Greenpeace have put in an “oil historical past museum” within the automotive park of OMV New Plymouth on Thursday morning.

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Protesters who’ve lived within the automotive park of an oil firm in New Plymouth for 3 days have erected an “oil museum” as a parting present.

Led by Greenpeace, the protesters shortly put up a “Museum of Oil Historical past” within the OMV automotive park on Thursday morning, illustrating the oil business.

Two “smoking oil barrels” – really consisting of water vapour – flanked the entry to the museum, which features a 1970s wrecked Mercedes sprayed pink, a four-metre oil derrick, and a 1980s petrol pump.

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The museum includes tongue-in-cheek exhibits such as "the pilot drill bit from the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico".

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The museum consists of tongue-in-cheek reveals akin to “the pilot drill bit from the Deepwater Horizon within the Gulf of Mexico”.

The pre-constructed artwork set up consists of some provocative tongue-in-cheek reveals akin to a Petrel seabird which “narrowly escaped the Rena oil spill off Tauranga” and the traditional fax machine “used to ship the primary exploration allow in New Zealand”.

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Between 50 and 100 protesters barricaded the workplace block for three days from 7am Monday, far fewer than the 700 to 800 Greenpeace had predicted would end up in media releases despatched out previous to the protest. 

They have been protesting OMV’s plan to drill off the coast of Taranaki and the Nice South Basin.

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