PEP OFF: Email your MP to stop PEP 11
An urgent message from Sean Doherty, chair of Surfrider Fondation Australia:
"On Monday, the PEP11 petroleum permit is up for debate in Federal parliament. There’s a real chance we can get it shut down for good and stop the horizon between Sydney and Newcastle lined with gas rigs. Commonsense elements within both the Liberal and Labor parties also want PEP11 scrapped, but they’re up against a conga line of colleagues brainwashed and on the payroll of the fossil fuel lobby. We need to speak to all of them before Monday and let them know how we feel."
Concerned surfers living between Sydney and Newcastle can follow this link to send a letter to your local MP. It's quick and easy - five minutes tops - and needs to be done ASAP.
Petroleum Exploration Permit 11 (PEP 11) covers 4,500 square kilometres between Newcastle and Sydney and out to the continental shelf. The permit is licensed to a joint venture between Advent Energy and Bounty Oil and Gas, who have already conducted years of seismic testing and have several prospect drilling areas already identified. They are pushing ahead with plans to drill exploratory wells as early as 2021.
The PEP 11 zone is within sight of the coastline between Newcastle and Sydney. If developed, gas rigs could be seen along the horizon. PEP 11 is the only offshore oil and gas exploration permit off the NSW coast, and the fact it sits directly off Australia’s largest, most iconic city speaks to the supercharged development of gas in Australia.
While gas companies cry about a gas shortage, the reality is that Australia is awash with natural gas. We are the largest exporter of natural gas in the world, exporting three-quarters of the gas we extract. However, in the absence of an east coast domestic gas reserve policy, the gas companies have been able to chase profits overseas at the expense of the local market. The cheap gas is exported, the expensive gas remains in Australia. Farcically, we’ve even had to import back the same gas we exported.
There is no gas shortage, just a system where the gas companies have been able to chase profits and push for gas development we don’t need.