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Conservationist Bob Brown and Actor David Field join the Steve Irwin vessel in the fight for the Bight
Today former Senator and leader of the Australian Greens, Dr. Bob Brown and actor David Field, joined the Steve Irwin vessel in Fowlers Bay, South Australia as part of Sea Shepherd's Operation Jeedara to oppose the threat of BP's oil rig due to arrive in the Great Australian Bight marine park later this year.
Sea Shepherd's Operation Jeedara is part of the Great Australian Bight Alliance of which the Bob Brown Foundation is also a member. It will showcase the Great Australian Bight and highlight what is actually at stake - a wilderness of global significance. From the Nuyts Reef, the Isles of St Francis, Pearson Island, Neptune Islands, areas around Kangaroo Island, Fowlers Bay and Head of the Bight (southern right whale nurseries), right through to the iconic Bunda Cliffs of the Nullarbor Plain.
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The 67,000 tonne oil rig Ocean Great White nears completion in Ulsan, South Korea. Photo: Fairfax
A massive oil rig is in its way from South Korea to the pristine waters of the Great Australian Bight, courtesy of Labor and the Coalition. It is opposed by the Greens. If BP Petroleum has its way the rig will be in place to drill beneath waters 2000 metres deep, looking for oil and gas, in similar mode to that which led to BP's Deepwater Horizon well oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
BP's application to drill in the whale-filled waters of the Bight has been knocked back twice by the National Offshore and Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority for reasons kept secret from the public. However, the oil giant has put in a third submission and there will be no big surprise if it gets the tick from NOPSEMA this time around.