Contributed from Victoria
The Wilderness Society is doing its part to help save the Great Australian Bight.
Right now, multinational oil companies are still moving ahead with their dangerous plans to exploit the fossil fuel basin in our Great Australian Bight. The pristine expanse of ocean could soon be the site of deep-sea oil drilling.
Chevron, Santos, Murphy Oil, Bight Petroleum and Karoon Gas are ready to make their move.
This is incredibly risky, because drilling would take place in one of the most treacherous seas on Earth, the drill would need to be up to five kilometres long and can withstand crushing temperatures and pressures of the deep waters and the seabed below. The potential for environmental catastrophe is huge.
The bite is home to rare and endangered species, a nursery for baby whales, and the source of income for thousands of Australian families.
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 is the largest marine oil spill accident in the history of the petroleum industry. Eleven workers perished and countless numbers of fish, crustaceans, sea birds and other marine life were harmed or killed.
We can’t risk the same thing happening in the Great Australian Bight.
Public pressure has helped stop the first Big Oil company that lined up to drill our Bight – with BP finally withdrawing for good last year.
If enough voices speak out, the others can be stopped too.