Ahead of a contentious summit on the transition away from oil and gas exploration, energy minister Megan Woods has hit back at an attack on the government's policy by
Greenpeace over-extending permits for offshore drilling.

The environmental lobby group says a bid by two companies for a permit extension undermined the Coalition's ban on new oil and gas permits offshore.

"Any extension of an existing permit is essentially granting a new permit and is entirely inconsistent with climate leadership. If permit extensions like this continue, Ardern's Government will lose international credibility," said Greenpeace climate campaigner, Amanda Larsson.

Woods said Government


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