Surfing Icons and World Champs Sign Open Letter to Norwegian Oil Drillers

4 Mar 2019 42 Share

Maurice Cole in the middle of the paddle out protest at Torquay on Sunday March 3, 2019. Photo: Ed Sloane

Maurice Cole in the middle of the paddle out protest at Torquay on Sunday March 3, 2019. Photo: Ed Sloane

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A who's who of Australian surfing icons, world champions, and free surf stars from all over the Australian coast have today signed an open letter, on behalf of Australian surfers, to Norwegian Energy Company. 

The letter – composed by the Great Australian Bight Alliance and including signatories like Mick Fanning, Steph Gilmore, Mark Richards, Pam Burridge, Nat Young and Belinda Baggs, amongst many others – calls for the Great Australian Bight to be kept free from deep water oil drilling due to fears and potential risks of potential oil spills that would be catostrophic for Australian coastlines.

Here is the full statement:

"Formal plans have been lodged to turn the Great Australian Bight into a deep water oil field. The drilling, planned by Norwegian oil giant Equinor for later this year, would be deep, remote and risky. If it failed, Equinor’s own spill modelling shows the potential for oil on beaches across thousands of kilometres. An oil spill in the Bight would be catastrophic, and the southern coastline of Australia would never be the same. The Bight is wild and pristine and should remain that way. The surfers below stand with the coastal communities of the Bight and beyond and call for the Great Australian Bight to be kept free from all deep water oil drilling."

The full list of signatories:

Dion Agius, Craig Anderson, Belinda Baggs, Layne Beachley, Mikey Brennan, Pam Burridge, Taj Burrow, Tom Carroll, Maurice Cole, Brinkley Davies, Mick Fanning, Sally Fitzgibbons, Steph Gilmore, Jeff “Camel” Goulden, Heath Joske, Barton Lynch, Wayne Lynch, Mark Mathews, Jack McCoy, Mark Occhilupo, Joel Parkinson, Paul Paterson, Dave Rastovich, Dan Ross, Chris “Chippa” Wilson, Julian Wilson, and Nat Young.

You can let Equinor how you feel about their exploratory drilling off the Great Australian Bight by heading to the Nopsema Public Comment page and leaving a comment

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