The Greens have backed the community groups taking legal action to challenge the government regulator’s (NOPSEMA) initial approval of Norwegian oil giant Equinor’s plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight.
Greens Senator for South Australia and Spokesperson for the Environment Sarah Hanson-Young has welcomed the news Karoon Gas is relinquishing its exploration permit in the Great Australian Bight and called on Norwegian oil giant Equinor to do the same.
The Federal Environment Minister has again delayed the assessment of flora and fauna species’ threat status in a move that could determine the survival of these species, including the Australian Sea Lion, the Greens say.
Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young will tell Norwegian company Equinor, which plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight, “you’re not welcome in SA” when she meets with representatives from the company in Adelaide today.
Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young is calling on all South Australian MPs to add their names to a Bill to ban drilling in the Great Australian Bight following the knock-back of foreign oil giant Equinor’s plan to turn the Bight into an oilfield.
The Australian Greens want a strong and diverse economy that sets us up for the long term and does not undermine our environment and the wellbeing of our communities. The Greens are pushing for a rapid transition to 100% clean energy which includes a just transition away from fossil fuels. Continued reliance on polluting fossil fuels such coal and unconventional gas (including coal seam gas, shale gas and tight gas) is destroying our environment, risking our food security, skewing the economy and affecting local communities.
The Greens are taking action in the community and in the Parliament pushing for a ban on new coal mines or mine expansions, a national ban on fracking and stronger national laws to protect our precious water resources, farmland, rural communities and environment from the impacts of runaway mining.
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