Mobil, a very large evil oil company, is shutting down a filling station somewhere near the middle of nowhere (Milford Sound). This is apparently for environmental reasons. There is of course no way that another company could take over the site, because, as their public affairs manager (read chief environmentalist) says:
If it doesn't meet them [unspecified environmentalist policies of aforementioned very large evil oil company] then we are exposing the company to the risk of something going wrong, we can't do that.I think he means that if there is a 25 litre fuel spill and 6 cute little birds catch a cold and can't find any worms for a day or two, thereby creating a massive campaign to eradicate fuel tanks and replace them with organic native flax, Mobil will not be to blame.
This is a good example of why you don't want your businesses expousing environmentalism. Apart from the fact that it is just greenwash, to polish their public images, there is also the point that when companies collectively act to frustrate market demand (by banning bags or hassling people about rubbish, or not providing a service because they feel it is morally wrong), consumers suffer. In the real world this is called monopolistic behaviour. However, in enviro-land, it is called saving the planet.
It has been pointed out that rescue helicopters rely on this filling station and that lives will be lost. Mobil will care nothing for this, since most climbers are environmentalists, and there will be little flack for their bold stand on behalf of those 6 birds.
So let's accept that 6 birds on a low-worm diet is worse that the death of a few amateur explorers. Save the planet and all that. But if we can't have thrilling rescues to keep us entertained, just exactly how is NZ television going to fill the news hour?