Letters to the editor

LETTERS: Letters to the editor can be sent to olivia.barnes@fairfaxmedia.com.au.
LETTERS: Letters to the editor can be sent to olivia.barnes@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

Will the ‘silent’ community speak up on oil and gas?

I for one am not a part of the apparent ‘quiet majority’ of Port Lincoln residents in favour of oil and gas exploration in the Bight.

I am avidly opposed!

I also do not consider myself a ‘greenie’.

Council have had a long time to get up to speed on the pros and cons of drilling in the Great Australian Bight, but only now they call for deputations and public meetings where already time-poor affected industries and stakeholders can express their stance on the issue.

A simple letter to the council or word with a councilor should suffice.

Note to residents; make sure any letters are addressed properly, or they may not be heard!

The Port Lincnoln City Council should be opposed to anything that threatens the regions economical and environmental status.

Stop wasting everyone’s time - it is a no brainer. 

MARK THYER

Coffin Bay

Councils out of their depth opposing oil drilling

It’s ironic SA’s local government is being manipulated to oppose oil exploration in the Great Australian Bight (GAB).

Councils’ claims, led by Kangaroo Island, include that they express the ‘voice of hundreds of thousands’, drilling threatens tourism, ecosystems will become dysfunctional and regulation will be poor.

Local government has fallen under the spell of experienced propagandists, the Wilderness Society, which funded a visit to Norway by KI’s mayor to protest Bight drilling and lecture Norwegians on the evils of oil exploration.

The Norwegian offshore oil experience dispels such nonsense.

Norway has safely produced 29 billion barrels of oil since 1971 with no decimating impacts.

The country had 500,000 cruise ship visitors in 2015. Its seafood exports have jumped to a record 2.6 million tonnes, worth US$12 billion.

Norway’s oil industry underpins a US$1 trillion sovereign wealth fund, which returned US$131 billion last year.

As a net oil exporter, Norway’s transport fuel supply is secure while Australia’s deteriorates.

Australia’s oil output is at its lowest levels since the 1960s, exacerbating fuel security concerns.

The International Energy Agency mandates minimum levels of oil stocks.

Yet Australia imports most of its refinery feedstock and transport fuel, the cost rising from $5.6 billion in 2010 to $22.8 billion last year.

Australia only meets around half of the IEA minimum storage requirement of 90 days of net imports, half that of Japan and Korea.

Australian transport typically only has around three weeks supply of diesel, petrol and jet fuel – inadequate by IEA expectations.

The Great Australian Bight (GAB) is Australia’s chance of finding another major oil basin to replace Bass Strait and the Carnarvon Basin.

Equinor (67 per cent Norwegian Government-owned) is prepared to take up GAB exploration and potentially solve Australia’s oil problem. Yet local government supports a campaign to stop them drilling.

Our world-class industry regulator, NOPSEMA, is not afraid to send drilling proposals back to companies if they fail safety and environmental parameters. If NOPSEMA says no, it means no.

With all due respect to local government, NOPSEMA is the expert, not local councils.

DR GRAEME BETHUNE, EnergyQuest CEO

Adelaide