Letters to the editor

Begs the question

I read and hear of all the opposition toward drilling for oil in the Bight, of various voices bemoaning the damage to whales and their calves as well as other sea life, the catastrophic damage to the pristine waters and coast line (in the event of an oil spill), as well as several other planet destroying possibilities.

At the same time the EP is (evidently) about to lose its rail linkage to a lot of the grain producing upper, and indeed, the lower West Coast.

The loss of this service will, without a shadow of doubt, cause many, many, many thousands of heavy-vehicle movements on Eyre Peninsula, and into the very heart of Port Lincoln, per year over roads that are, even now, less than adequate for such huge units!

Not to mention the headaches that will be brought about through the city centre of Port Lincoln. These heavy vehicles will need the oil (by the ship-load) that so many are up in arms about.

Further, the roads that are at this time quite inadequate to cope with this huge burden will very soon need vast amounts of bitumen (a product of oil) to repair the damage caused to the West Coast arterial roads by this astronomical escalation of heavy vehicles, vehicles that swill such vast volumes of oil.

Question; Why are people not jumping up and down about this? Don't these people think this is important? Or is it indeed discarded into the too-hard-basket?

DENNIS PARKER

Yongala

Oil exploration in the Bight

More has been revealed about the approach that Mr Ramsey has taken on the issue of oil exploration in the Great Australian Bight.

That is one of a blind faith in the 'experts' and the statutory bodies that the Honourable members in Canberra can point to when we ask why is oil washing ashore here in Port Lincoln and anywhere else Equinor's own 'worst case scenario' predicts would be affected by an accident in the Southern Ocean.

Massive irreversible damage. Any risk is too much risk. What reasons did BP have for deserting this project?

What Mr Ramsey is blind to is that it is clear that renewable energy sources will be powering our world in the future. 

It is also very clear that this finite planet, and all of us on it, are presently on a trajectory that will, without a shadow of doubt, create major problems, potentially catastrophic results for future generations to have a life anything like the one we enjoy today...unless this generation actually makes some changes.... fast.

Just plodding along and taking advice from statutory bodies will not create that change. Oil is not the future.

The global trend is in divestment of oil including by Equinor's own Norwegian government through its $1T Sovereign Wealth fund among many others.

If the Honourable Rowan Ramsey is a leader of any vision he would be listening to his children, his grandchildren, amplifying the resistance of some 15 local councils in SA and Victoria in opposing Equinor's proposed activity in the Bight.

Some of the greatest things we have accomplished as a society have been ambitious acts of vision, we need our leaders to step up now. As Dylan sang..."Don't stand in the doorway, don't block up the hall, ..... the times they are a changin'..."

MARK BLACKWELL

Port Lincoln

Low turn out

Firstly to my friend at Lock, what I was saying was, you won't be sitting on your back veranda having a beer with your feet in oil.

Yes that's correct- they are saying now the good folk of Bondi may have oil on their beach, God forbid.

Let's just say the spill that hasn't happened, and may not happen, will go global and cover everywhere. Okay, now on to the matter of this letter.

Equinor rolls into town to calm down a peninsula of folk out to kill, no drilling in our roughest most violent ocean on the planet, nooo way never.

To be met by 70, yes I will say it again 70 people, not 7000 scared people, 70. Now, half or more would attend anything to do with saving anything, no offence.

Okay so the government of the time (we know who that was) writes up a plan, just in case anyone wants to drill in the Bight as they have before. So if this company meets all the necessary requirements that have been set down - Game over.

You can't change the goal posts. I will not go to a meeting, Brenton can cover me when a person asks me if the anchors are strong enough to hold the rig in position that alone shows me what very little knowledge they have you just have to keep walking.

PETER REDDING

Port Lincoln

Councillor clarification

Correspondent Mr Ian McGowan who contributes many worthy epistles to The West Coast Sentinel, Port Lincoln Times and The Advertiser was elected as a member of the District Council of Ceduna.

As such I am now wondering about his contributions in these papers as to whose opinion is being printed.

Is it the personal opinion of Ian McGowan or is the opinion of the District Council of Ceduna being placed into print by Councillor McGowan?

It might be of assistance to this new elected member if a more experienced person from Council advised Ian on this matter so that we can continue to benefit from his wisdom.

LAURIE COLLINS

Port Lincoln