Nelson Discussion Group


This talk sets out to show that the concept of Peak Oil is obsolete. The talk consists of the following chapters:
1. Peak Oil
2. Recent discoveries of conventional oil and gas deposits (Brazil, Mediterranean, Arctic, Canada)
3. Unconventional oil and gas: shale oil and gas (“fracking”)
4. Coal
5. Future new resources
6. The Industrial revolution – the Green movement and fossil fuels

About our speaker:
Gerrit van der Lingen studied geology at Utrecht University in The Netherlands. The subject of his PhD thesis was the geology and structure of an area in the central Spanish Pyrenees. His first job was in Surinam, South America, where he worked in the Amazon jungle for three years. In 1965, he came to New Zealand to join the Sedimentology Laboratory of the NZ Geological Survey. He took part in two expeditions of the Deep Sea Drilling Project on the scientific drilling ship the Glomar Challenger. While still employed by the NZ Geological Survey, he also carried out research, jointly with colleague David Smale, on the petrology of drill cores from the Great South Basin and Taranaki. 8 papers and reports were produced. He worked as a private consultant from 1990 and was a Research Associate at the University of Canterbury. He carried out consultancy work for the Petrocorp Oil Company, producing 12 reports on drill core samples. From 1991 to 2002 he was involved in paleoclimate research, studying ocean sediment cores from the Tasman Sea and Southern Ocean. For the last 16 years he has been active in the climate change debate. He collated his articles, essays, debates, etc. in a book titled “The Fable of a Stable
Climate”, published in 2016.


Date: Friday 13th July 2018
Time: 5:00pm
Venue: Nick Smith’s Community Room
544 Waimea Road
Cost: Free for all to attend. Includes drinks and finger food.
Registrations: Please RSVP your interest to attend to Carol Foote by emailing

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