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Equinor Crash a Risk for the Bight - Greens

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The Greens Party says we should not trust Equinor’s claims they can drill safely in the Great Australian Bight following an accident in Norway.

More than 200 people on board Equinor’s Statfjord, an oil platform in the North Sea, were evacuated on Thursday 6 June after a supply vessel collided with the platform.

Equinor, wants to drill a well off the SA coast from late next year if it receives all necessary regulatory approval.

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says that we can not afford to take the risk.

“This collision comes after oil was found on the sea surface at the same rig last month. If they can’t drill safely in the calm, shallow waters in the North Sea, they cannot be trusted to risk the Bight,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

“No amount of corporate spin will make drilling in the Bight safer. There is no amount of planning Equinor can do to avoid critical accidents or disasters.

“No company should be given the green light to drill in the Bight’s rough waters. The Greens, with the South Australian community, will continue to fight plans to turn the Bight into an oilfield, to keep our tourism and fishing industries strong, our beaches clean and avoid disaster.”

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