Letters to the editor

Risk is too great

We respond to and are appalled by Equinor’s paid written and television advertising in an effort to suggest exploration and drilling for oil in the Great Australian Bight is safe and will create “thousands of jobs”.

The realities are, firstly, there is a risk of blow out – Equinor recognises this – it can not be eliminated.

With no capping stack on site the devastation of oyster, lobster, other fishing, tourism businesses and property values in SA, Victoria, Tasmania and NSW is inevitable.

This coast and its regional centres and jobs would be irretrievably damaged as would all of southern Australia.

There will be no significant job creation on the West Coast.

The profits will go offshore as will the refining.

The royalty revenue based on profit will take decades to mature (if ever) and will provide no significant or direct benefit to the West Coast.

The proposed self funded compensation scheme without underwritten insurance will not go close to compensating the entire southern coastline of Australia, its fishing, tourism, other businesses and the rural communities that rely upon them.

No fuel supply security will be created.

Lower fuel prices will not result.

As a member of the oyster industry, in relation to television paid advertisements by Equinor, I advise the public Bruce Zippel does not speak for us or numerous other oyster farmers who are concerned industry would be wiped out in the event of a blowout.

He is simply wrong to suggest job growth potential in his area.

It will never happen.

The suggestion by Equinor of “thousands of jobs” is worse than misleading.

Zippel’s apparent naive acceptance of economic benefits and local job growth to the area is very disturbing.

More disturbing is him giving the impression that his view is the view of the members of the oyster industry, rather than his own – in our opinion – misguided view.

We acknowledge he is correct about NOPSEMA having the statutory authority to decide whether the slight risk of a blow out against the certainty of total disaster to Southern Australia in that event is something they will risk endorsing.

BP's own research and modelling recognised the coast from the Bight through South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania to Southern New South Wales would be affected by any blow out, which possibility can never be excluded.

We consider the risk, however slight, of a blow out with no onsite capping stack could never be regarded as worthwhile when billions of dollars, tens of thousands of existing jobs and countless businesses and industries would be put at risk with no hope of adequate compensation.

We urge those concerned to make their views known to NOPSEMA by email to feedback@nopsema.gov.au.


Coffin Bay

Rail has a place

Tumby Bay Council is yet to discuss the impact of the rail closure, however I wish to make a few personal observations.

It appears that the state government has been considering a confidential 'freight services' report for the Eyre Peninsula for the past 12 months.

The state government has decided to reject the report’s recommendations and so the rail operator has announced the closure of the rail link resulting in an expected extra 30,000 grain truck movements on our already fragile road network.

The report should be released to the public so we know the facts and before anymore state government decisions are made.

Town hall meetings should be held in every community that is affected by the rail closure.

We as taxpayers and road users should be allowed to have input into the decision making.

I hope many others will join with me in preserving our rail network and keeping grain trucks off our roads.


Tumby Bay District Council elected member and deputy mayor

Region's rail warranted

When other countries seem to be supporting a rail network, in South Australia the rail system in rural areas has been neglected.

The federal and state members of parliament have not been fighting strongly enough for the rail system on Eyre Peninsula.

The Eyre Peninsula produces enough grain to warrant a good rail system.



No to drilling

Is there oil in the Great Australian Bight? Yes.

Is there a way to find out safely? Absolutely not.

Should we leave things alone for future generations? Absolutely yes.

Reckless greed does not cut it here.

Daryl Mortimer


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