Equinor confirm plans to drill the Bight
Shit, as they say on the street, is about to get real.
After months of waiting and wondering, the crew who live on the rim of the Great Australian Bight just found out that, yes, Equinor will drill for oil 300kms offshore in one of the world's wildest stretches of ocean.
The plan was only released last night and the local crew are sifting through the various parts, however there are some facts to go on.
The following image is taken from Equinor's own modelling should a Deepwater Horizon mishap occur. Not too many surfable coasts escape the muck, eh?
It's worth repeating that the map isn't the work of tree-sitting hippies looking to monkey-wrench the project but from Equinor's own modelling.
Also, Equinor, who up until last year were called Statoil, are two-thirds (67%) owned by the Norwegian people. They promote themselves as a forward-thinking, environmentally-focussed company in Norway ("The name Equinor is formed by combining “equi”, the starting point for words like equal, equality and equilibrium, and “nor”, signalling a company proud of its Norwegian origin" proclaims the company's website), yet they do their dirty work over the horizon, out of sight from the Norwegian people.
If you know any Norwegian people now might be a good time to have a quiet chat about "their" company. See if you can convince them to take up arms on Equinor's home turf.
For the next 30 days you can email NOPSEMA and register your opposition to the project. The more people who do so the better, so get involved in the process!
Otherwise stay tuned for a return serve from the local crew, who've been ably assisted by Patagonia.
Remember though, this is the last chance. Nothing will change if you stay silent.