Target: Australia’s Prime Minister, Tony Abbott
Goal: Prevent company from using harmful acoustic pulses to find oil.
An Australian petroleum company, Bight Petroleum, has received government approval to begin scanning near the Kangaroo Island coast for potential drilling areas. The scanning method uses compressed air to produce sound waves that can direct the company toward areas with heat-trapping gasses.
Many environmentalists and Kangaroo Island residents oppose this plan, as these acoustic pulses may have adverse affects on the local wildlife, including several endangered and protected species. The company dismissed these claims, saying that the claims of those opposing the process are “unsubstantiated,” and that “most reasonable persons … know that no harm will be caused by the survey.” Bight Petroleum is not respecting the wishes of the community and wildlife that would be affected by the survey, putting their own monetary desires before the health, safety, and livelihoods of those that actually live there.
Kangaroo Island is home to many threatened and endangered species, including the blue whale, Southern Bluefin tuna, and the critically endangered Leatherback turtles. A similar scanning process by ExxonMobil in 2008 resulted in 100 melon-headed whales with shattered eardrums mass stranding on a beach in Madagascar. Though Bight Petroleum may believe that their scanning process is safe, we can’t risk the loss of endangered and protected species for more oil.
Bight Petroleum needs to be stopped before their scanning process results in the death of wildlife and the disturbance of local fishing jobs and eco-tourism. Kangaroo Island is a popular eco-tourism destination, as the island has several nature preserves and a significant number of endangered and threatened marine mammals. Allowing Bight Petroleum to scan and drill the coast could significantly impact the marine life and the lives of the people who live on Kangaroo Island. Ask Prime Minister Tony Abbott to reconsider the government’s approval and stop the potential endangerment of Kangaroo Island’s marine life.
Dear Prime Minister Abbott,
The Australian government recently approved Bight Petroleum’s plans to survey the coast Kangaroo Island. The company’s survey technique uses acoustic pulses to find heat-trapping gasses. A similar technique used by ExxonMobil in Madagascar resulted in about 100 melon-headed whales beaching themselves with shattered eardrums. Considering Kangaroo Island’s unique wildlife, this is a risk we can’t afford to take.
Kangaroo Island is a popular tourist destination because of its pristine wilderness areas, including its protected and endangered marine life. The island is home to the last remaining population of the endangered Leatherback turtles as well as blue whales and Southern Bluefin tuna. Its community relies on tourism and fishing as a major part of its economy.
Please reconsider the Australian government’s approval of this process. Bight Petroleum claims that the process is safe, but they have everything to gain while Kangaroo Island has everything to lose. Don’t let this company potentially destroy Kangaroo Island’s economy by killing the wildlife with sonic booms and disrupting the island’s tourism and fishing industries.
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