FIGHT FOR THE BIGHT

BIG OIL DON’T SURF

I’m sure some of you are aware of what is happening on the Southern Coast in Australia currently. Equinor, the Norwegian oil Company, have been planning to turn one of the last untouched oceans into a drilling field, causing ecosystems to relocate or potentially die, and Great Australian Bight to be in a vulnerable state, as we have seen what Oil spills can do to the environment (Ex. Gulf of Mexico, Coast of California).

The fight for the bight is in the most important stage, and as representatives of the oceans, we need to act now to save some of the last ocean wilderness on Earth. Say NO to Big Oil by sending a letter to Equinor’s CEO Eldar Saetre, HERE. Scroll down about halfway down their page.

Photo by SA Rips

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The people of Australia and beyond have spoken up for the Great Australian Bight. Tens of thousands of people from all over the country have paddled out to protest Equinor’s intention to turn the Bight into a deep water oil field.”

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“Over 30,000 people wrote to the industry regulator formally opposing Equinor’s plan.

Industry regulator NOPSEMA have requested Equinor revise their environment plan and have given them 60 days to do so. Meanwhile the Federal Government’s Independent Audit into NOPSEMA’s consideration of exploration in the Bight has commenced.

NOPSEMA’s judgment of the revised environmental plan is expected to drop as early as September which is in line with Equinor’s plans to begin exploratory drilling in 2020.

The Fight for the Bight is far from over. We need to keep the pressure on Equinor and on the Federal Government. The Bight needs to remain wild and free.

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From Tony Butt, Friday 6th, December 2002

I remember that day as if it were yesterday. I was standing with three friends at the top of a cliff near Mundaka, one of the world’s most iconic surf spots. We watched in horror as a gigantic black stain advanced its way towards the coast. Minutes later, the waves started dumping millions of blobs of crude oil onto the shoreline. In the space of a few hours, the beautiful coastline of yellow sand had turned into a stinking carpet of black, sticky tar. There would be no surfing for the rest of the winter, and no fishing for nine months anywhere in the Bay of Biscay. Hundreds of thousands of birds and other creatures would die, and the ecosystem would be altered forever.

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“Once oil is spilled, the damage will be done regardless of response efforts. Spill response in the Bight would likely recover less than five per cent of the total spilled, particularly given the exposed, high energy environment of the offshore region. Chemical dispersants would at best be ineffective, but more likely would compound ecological harm to offshore waters. The oil industry knows all this, but seldom admits it.”

-Marine Conservation Biologist, Professor Richard Steiner

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