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ExxonMobil criticised over response to Bass Strait oil spill

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Water shimmers after a spill similar to one found near the ExxonMobil rig in the Bass Strait. Photograph: Joe Haresh/EPA

Investigation finds failure to properly respond to spill near drilling platform posed ‘significant threat to the environment’

May 10, 2017 — Failure to properly respond to an oil spill near an ExxonMobil rig in the Bass Strait increased the risk of contamination and posed a “significant threat to the environment”, an investigation has found. Continue reading ExxonMobil criticised over response to Bass Strait oil spill

Greens push to outlaw all mining in Great Australian Bight

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The Greens’ legislation would put an abrupt end to BP’s controversial plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight, as well as that of the other companies with exploration licenses in the region. Photograph: Mark Watson/AAP

Legislation would result in compensation being paid to companies who lose licences as a result of the law

September 13, 2016 — All mining activity in the Great Australian Bight would be outlawed under legislation to be introduced to Parliament by the Greens.  Continue reading Greens push to outlaw all mining in Great Australian Bight

The risk is too high. Why locals don’t want BP in the Great Australian Bight

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‘City of Victor Harbor CEO Graeme Maxwell warned that BP’s drilling plans represented a high risk to both the values and economy of the coastal community.’ Great Australian Bight Marine Park. Photograph: Sarah Hanson-Young

Locals on the coast of South Australia, where BP hopes to begin exploratory drilling, are nervous about the risks posed to the ocean and the threat to their livelihood

September 12, 2016 — You wouldn’t ride a roller coaster if you weren’t certain that all the bolts were sound. Yet, as reported in the Guardian on Monday, that’s just the risk being being taken with an oil-rig headed for the Great Australian Bight.  Continue reading The risk is too high. Why locals don’t want BP in the Great Australian Bight

Call to halt Great Australian Bight oil drilling amid faulty equipment fears

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Hydraulic connector flange/fasteners showing failures and first engaged threads. Since 2003 enormous bolts that secure offshore oil equipment to the seafloor, including potentially in the Great Australian Bight, have been snapping in half. Photograph: Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement/United States Department of the Interior

MPs and activists want BP’s exploration licences to be suspended over ‘very critical safety issue’ identified by US regulators

September 11, 2016 — Oil rigs poised to begin drilling in the Great Australian Bight could use faulty equipment that US regulators say is very likely to cause a “catastrophic incident” like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Continue reading Call to halt Great Australian Bight oil drilling amid faulty equipment fears