THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BIGHT IS UNDER THREAT
Almost exactly a year after BP pulled out of risky deepwater drilling off our southern coastline, US giant Chevron dropped their plans to drill the pristine Great Australian Bight. This is fantastic news for tight-knit local communities, fishing and tourism industries in Southern Australia, and for the climate! But the Bight isn’t safe yet.
Norwegian company Statoil, one of the most reckless and short-sighted oil explorers in the world, still has eyes on the Bight. Statoil’s proposed wells are in the same location as the ones BP walked away from last year, meaning the threat of a disastrous spill that could reach as far as NSW, Tasmania, the Twelve Apostles and Kangaroo Island is still all too real.
And it’s not just Statoil. Australian companies Karoon Gas and Bight Petroleum are also planning destructive seismic blasting in early 2018.
THE BIGHT ISN’T SAFE YET
The beautiful Bight is home to dozens of seaside communities, majestic southern right whales, sea lions and hundreds of kilometres of towering cliffs. But all of that is at risk.
Statoil is a company willing to take risks where no other company will. They are currently pursuing dangerous drilling further north than ever before in the fragile Arctic. And their safety record is getting worse: the number of spills and incidents at Statoil wells has increased catastrophically in the last year.
It’s up to us to keep the Bight - and the communities and incredible ocean ecosystems that depend on it - safe from Big Oil. Are you with us? Join the movement to keep Big Oil out of the Bight for good.