A spill on the scale of the Deepwater Horizon “must never happen to the Bight whose clean and healthy waters support people’s lifestyles and local industries right across southern Australia,” the Alliance says on its website. “Coastal communities – people from Western Australia’s southern coastlines, across the coasts and peninsulas of South Australia and Victoria, to the beaches of Tasmania – value and rely on our clean oceans, beaches, islands, reefs and fisheries.
Within a year of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill — which spewed 140 million gallons into the Gulf of Mexico — the Australian government began greenlighting offshore oil drilling in the Great Australian Bight, a vast undeveloped bay on the continent’s southern coast.
As the Great Australian Bight Alliance puts it: “BIG OIL=BIG RISKS,” and the group has mounted a campaign to prevent offshore drilling in waters it calls “far rougher, far more remote and far riskier than the Gulf of Mexico.
The bight supports an incredible number of sea life, including whales and marine mammals thanks to nutrient upwellings. “Scientists estimate that around 85 percent of the species that live in the Great Australian Bight are found nowhere else on Earth,” according to the alliance.
Southern right whales are at the center of the fight against offshore oil development in the Great Australian Bight. 'Operation Jeedara' – Sea Shepherd from Fair Projects on Vimeo.
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