Oil and gas exploration approved for Kangaroo Island waters

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International mining company Bight Petroleum this week received Federal approval to explore the waters off South Australia’s Kangaroo Island for oil and gas. While the company is happy, the local community is deeply concerned about the potential impact on marine life in the region.

The project is one of the first to be assessed under new environmental approvals process, which gives the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) sole responsibility for decision making. Bight Petroleum claims to have conducted comprehensive consultation, but not all community members were satisfied with the process.

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Thursday, June 12 2014
Produced By Alice Blackwood
Featured in storyMatthew Collis, Marine Campaigns Manager, International Fund for Animal WelfareMatthew Philipchuk, CEO of Bight Petroleum; Kyri Toumazos, CEO , Northern Zone Rock Lobster Fishermans AssociationJane Bates, Mayor of Kangaroo Island CouncilPenny Wright, Australian Greens Senator for South Australia
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