Save Our Marine Life
Save Our Marine Life
Ban oil in the Bight

Sign the petition to ban oil in the Bight today.

Deadly seismic blasting has just been approved in the whale-rich waters of the Great Australian Bight. These sonar cannons fire loud explosions every 10-15 seconds. 24 hours a day. 7 days a week.

They can kill scallops and tiny zooplankton more than a kilometre away. They can damage whales’ hearing and keep them away from key feeding and breeding grounds. They could even affect the immune system of lobsters.

Sign the petition asking ALL political parties to support a ban on oil and gas in the Great Australian Bight.

READ THE PETITION HERE

Dear Minister Canavan and Minister Ley (CC Terri Butler MP, Jason Clare MP and Senator Whish-Wilson),

Australia’s national offshore oil and gas regulator, NOPSEMA, has approved an application by oil and gas exploration services company PGS to conduct seismic surveys in the whale-rich waters of the Great Australian Bight.

Seismic blasting is deadly for marine life. It can kill scallops and tiny zooplankton more than a kilometre away. It can damage whales’ hearing and keep them away from key feeding and breeding grounds. It could even affect the immune system of lobsters.

The Great Australian Bight’s extraordinary waters are a haven for 36 types of whales and dolphins, including the world’s most important nursery for the endangered southern right whale. They’re also home to Australia’s most important sea lion nursery and some of Australia’s most important fisheries.

It’s not only the deadly impacts of seismic blasting on marine life. Leaked documents from Equinor’s draft Environment Plan late last year show that an oil spill in the Great Australian Bight could be catastrophic – reaching as far as Bondi.

Oil exploration is just too harmful and too risky in the deep, wild waters of the Great Australian Bight – with the potential to devastate the region’s marine life, local communities, and the fishing and tourism businesses that employ thousands of people.

Recently a Senate Inquiry report highlighted the risks of drilling for oil in the Bight. It just cannot be done safely. To date 12 South Australian councils and 3 in Victoria , representing well over half a million people, have expressed concern or outright opposition to the Great Australian Bight being put at risk.

Thousands of Australians have voiced their concern, and BP and Chevron have responsibly withdrawn their drilling plans for the Bight.

But Equinor (formerly known as Statoil) has taken over oil and gas leases that BP discarded and is now pushing for approval to drill in the Great Australian Bight.

All political parties need to support a ban on oil and gas in the Great Australian Bight given its importance for fisheries, tourism, internationally significant ecosystems and some of Australia’s most threatened marine life.

I urge you to do all you can to ensure your party supports a ban on drilling for oil and gas in the Great Australian Bight.

Yours sincerely,