Target: Tony Burke, Environmental Minister of Australia
Goal: Protect the marine life of Kangaroo Island by preventing petroleum exploration
Tony Burke, the Environmental Minister of Australia, recently decided to delay seismic testing on Kangaroo Island, declaring that further environmental impact assessment was required to protect the area’s wildlife. However, Bight Petroleum, the company in charge of the seismic testing, has found a loophole. It is withdrawing its previous application, which was denied by Burke only to submit a new one.
The area in question is one of the last known feeding grounds of the Australian blue whale. It is also home to dolphins, sharks, tuna, and sea lions. By denying Bight Petroleum for a second time, Burke will be protecting ocean life, the fishing industry, tourists and local citizens from harmful petroleum development.
Rather than conduct the scientific research suggested by Burke, Bight Petroleum has hastily submitted a new plan, no more environmentally sound than the previous one. Though Bight Petroleum’s new proposal hinges on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, it will only use Australia’s environmental legislation to strip the environment itself of resources.
The company has done little to nothing to make its proposal more environmentally sound for the sake of marine species. Using misleading data about seismic testing, Bight implies that whales will not be present in areas of petroleum exploration, when in fact whales intentionally avoid areas of seismic testing. This company is using dishonest means to acquire permission for petroleum exploration. Urge Tony Burke to deny Bight Petroleum the right to extract petroleum from Kangaroo Island.
Dear Mr. Burke,
You have already once denied Bight Petroleum the right to conduct seismic testing in their search for petroleum resources on Kangaroo Island. They have now resubmitted their application to conduct petroleum exploration, changing very little from their original application and doing almost nothing to investigate the environmental impact of their activities on marine wildlife. Instead, they have hastily compiled biased data, insisting that their efforts will not harm Australia’s blue whale population, when in fact blue whale will intentionally avoid areas where seismic testing is being conducted. Since this opportunistic petroleum company cannot be trusted to respect the environment on and around Kangaroo Island, it is up to you to deny company leaders’ request to conduct seismic testing and explore for oil. I urge you to deny Bight Petroleum the right to damage Kangaroo Island’s marine ecosystem by exploiting its petroleum resources.
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