On Sunday some of our #sail4justice crew joined in solidarity with a fantastic turn out of people who care about our oceans and coastal communities, Fight for the Bight, at St Kilda West Beach – Melbournians standing up when our politicians won’t. There was a massive paddle-out protest against Norwegian Company Equinor’s plan to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight.
THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BIGHT IS UNDER THREAT FROM BIG OIL.
The Bight is no place for risky deepwater drilling. You probably remember images of BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion in the US. It was an environmental disaster, spewing millions of litres of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The proposed Equinor drill in the Bight is twice as deep as Deepwater in some of the most treacherous waters in the world, making it extra risky.
In November, the ABC revealed a leaked internal report, prepared by Equinor, that showed an oil spill in the Bight could reach Victoria’s shorelines including the Great Ocean Road and Port Philip Bay and as far as Sydney’s beaches, and completely encircle Tasmania.
Equinor is putting coastal communities, fisheries, whales and sea creatures in danger from experimental oil drilling.
Fight for the Bight Melbourne is a Surfrider Foundation Australia and Great Australian Bight Alliance event supported by Wilderness Society, Patagonia and Sea Shepherd.