Port Lincoln hosts Equinor to hear about Bight plan

The Port Lincoln community got to hear more information on Equinor's Environmental plan and planned activities in the Great Australian Bight in a drop-in session on Friday afternoon.

About 70 people attended the drop-in session held in the media room at the Nautilus Arts Centre to hear from experts including a marine biologist, environmental science consultants and an Australian Marine Oil Spill Centre representative.

Equinor country manager for Australia Jone Stangeland said this and sessions held in Streaky Bay, Ceduna and Kangaroo Island said it was important to be transparent and detail how their operations would be done.

"There are still people who are less supportive of the industry but it's really important to have these open sessions so we can hear what they say and respond to their questions," he said.

Some people came with a list of prepared questions, including on the conditions in the Bight, the amount of risk and response in the event of a spill.

One who came prepared was Northern Zone Rock Lobster Fisherman's Association committee member Jeff Dale, who said his questions included how oil could be drilled in a sanctuary zone and if a bank guarantee could be lodged to compensate lost jobs in the event of a spill.

"It's one of the last areas in the world that's pristine, our closest continent to us on the south coast of Australia is Antarctica," he said.

Local resident Emma Fuss attended with her family and said she felt the risk was too great and more oil would not help the situation the world faced with climate change.

"My husband and I are very concerned about drilling for oil in the Bight, we just don't think any level of risk of an oil spill is acceptable," she said.

Brenton Ellis, who has worked in the oil industry, is supportive of Equinor's activities and said drilling had been done in similar conditions before, including off of Africa and Canada.

"If it goes to the production stage you can see economic benefits, as seen off of Darwin and the northwest shelf where there was resistance and now hundreds of people are employed," he said.

Mr Stangeland said Equinor would take on board the feedback provided by the community.