UPDATE: BP releases map of drilling locations!
After being asked for years to share the information, just days ago, the oil giant BP released a document. It contained a small, low-resolution map with proposed locations for its deep sea oil wells in the rough and wild waters of the Great Australian Bight.
After overlaying the Commonwealth marine reserves over BP’s map, it became clear that two of its planned sites fall within marine reserves created to protect the nurseries for the threatened southern right whale, sea lions and sperm whales.We know that BP has conducted oil spill modelling for the Great Australian Bight, but is refusing to release it.
Just five years ago, one of the worst oil spill disasters in history shocked the world when BP's undersea oil well, Deepwater Horizon, exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. Now, BP has its sights set on Australia.
Tragically, 11 workers lost their lives and for 87 days, oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico. Millions of animals died while local fishing and tourism industries collapsed.
Here in Australia five years later, BP plan to drill four wells in the pristine waters of the Great Australian Bight.
A place like no other
The Great Australian Bight is home to one of the world’s most important southern right whale nurseries and communities depend on its healthy fisheries and clean coastlines not just for recreation, but for their livelihoods.
It’s such a one-of-a-kind place that over 85 per cent of known marine species in the Great Australian Bight are found nowhere else in the world.
One step away from disaster
If BP get their way, this previously untouched will be just one mistake away from our own Gulf of Mexico disaster.
We can’t afford to let BP take such a big risk. The damage is irreversible.