Opposition to Bight drilling grows

Port Adelaide has become the ninth council to oppose any drilling in the Great Australian Bight, currently proposed by Norwegian oil giant Equinor.

Equinor, formerly Statoil, recently confirmed its plans to drill an exploration well in the Bight and is currently preparing the required environmental plan.

It has also lodged an application with the National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator to extend the current permit year of EPP39 for a period of six months to April 2020 so it can undertake the estimated 60-day drilling project.

The Australian Greens and environmental groups are opposing the drilling, saying it would disrupt the calving of southern right whales, the migration of tuna and the feeding of blue whales, and risk a spill that would devastate marine fauna and impact fishing and tourism in the region.

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