South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has welcomed the news that BP have decided to drop its plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight and has vowed to work with the government to protect this natural wonder from all oil and gas exploration.
“BP have said goodbye to the Bight, I say good riddance to BP,” Senator Hanson-Young said.
“This is a great win for the community who made it clear that BP weren’t welcome from the beginning.
“BP should never have been given an exploration permit, especially considering the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
“Big Oil should see the writing on the wall. BP knew that this project was never going to get approval and was deeply unpopular with the South Australian community.
“Now we need to protect the Great Australian Bight from all of the other companies who are trying to put it at risk.
“The Greens have a Bill before the Senate that would permanently protect the Great Australian Bight from companies that are trying to drill for oil and gas. It’s time that Bill was supported, so that this precious natural environment can be protected for generations to come.”
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