We, the undersigned, request that your department, at the very least, uphold its EPBC Act concerning oil-drilling near Rowley Shoals.
As we understand it, the act requires that a company or person proposing an action likely to be of national environmental significance (such as off-shore oil drilling planned by Shell and Woodside Petroleum), refer their proposal/s to your department for assessment and approval before proceeding.
Furthermore we ask you to consider the obvious risks to Rowley Shoals from oil-spills as well as the latest reports on the impact to marine wildlife from sonar use in seismic surveying.
Diver and underwater cinematographer Richard Todd told the Australian that Rowley Shoals rivaled the Great Barrier and Ningaloo reefs for “diversity of coral, abundance of fish and water visibility.“ He added that any oil exploration near this area would be insanity.
Please take these concerns into consideration and allow your citizens to comment and your environmentalists to make assessments. Please don’t allow oil giants to spoil this pristine area.
Thank you for your attention to these concerns.