The threats posed by opening the Bight to oil exploration are unacceptable. Not only is there potential for a catastrophic oil spill, the poorly understood effects of seismic testing, strike risk and noise pollution from drilling and boat traffic, and increased pollution have the potential to fundamentally disrupt this unique marine environment.

Eliza Waters - Bight sea


All stages of the oil development cycle – exploration, development, production, abandonment – pose unavoidable risks and impacts on marine and coastal ecosystems. 

Brad Leue Southern Ocean

Climate Change

New oil reserves cannot be exploited if we are to limit dangerous global warming to the internationally agreed maximum of 2℃.

Brad Leue Venus Bay Jetty

Economic Impact

Given the experience of BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster, there is serious cause for concern for the potential impact of a similar oil spill disaster.

Want even more information on the risks? Read The Wilderness Society SA submission to the Senate Inquiry and supplement here and here. Find all the submissions made to the Senate Inquiry here.