NOPSEMA sends back BP’s Environment Plan for a second time

British oil giant BP should drop its plans for deepwater oil exploration drilling in the Great Australian Bight after Australia’s offshore oil and gas authority, NOPSEMA, sent back its application for a second time.

“NOPSEMA has again sent back BP’s application for deepwater oil exploration drilling in the Great Australian Bight,” said Wilderness Society National Director Lyndon Schneiders. “BP should just give up and ditch its plans for the Bight before it wastes any more of its shareholders money on an investment that the world can’t use and will become a stranded asset. 
 
Wilderness Society South Australia Director Peter Owen said: “BP was responsible for the world’s biggest oil spill accident, the Deepwater Horizon tragedy in 2010, when 800 million litres of oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days". 

"The tragedy just last week with Shell spilling about 330,000 litres of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico is a stark reality check" . It is utterly inappropriate to allow the oil industry anywhere near the Great Australian Bight, a pristine marine wilderness and home to one of the most significant whale nurseries on Earth."
 
Sea Shepherd Australia Managing Director Jeff Hansen said: “The whales of the Great Australian Bight can breathe a slight sigh of relief today as NOPSEMA has sent back BP’s second attempt at its environment plan. Six years on, BP has still not cleaned up its catastrophic spill in the Gulf of Mexico, with mothers still giving birth to stillborn dolphin calves."
 
“If BP is allowed to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight, it’s not a question of if there will be an oil spill but when.With the recent Paris climate summit, it’s time that BP got the message and left the Bight alone for our children’s sake.”

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