Firefighting foams

You may have seen media reports about the use of PFOS and PFOA based firefighting foams by the oil industry in Taranaki. We can assure you that the talked about foams are not used at Marsden Point – they were replaced in 2005 when concerns about the impact of these foams first surfaced.

Our fire ground has been tested and minute levels of these compounds from historic use are either at, or well below the HEPA (Heads of Environmental Protection Authorities AuS/NZ) guidelines for drinking water. These are the guidelines recommended by the Ministry for the Environment.

We have also tested shellfish in the harbour adjacent to the refinery. The testing was carried out by an independent Australian laboratory, and the results confirm that these compounds are not present in shellfish.
All of our test results have been shared with the Northland Regional Council.