Chevron's Gorgon project in Northwestern Australia south of Port Hedland is a disaster
for sea turtles which nest on Barrow Island. The project was approved by the Australian government despite opposition from environmental groups and its own environmental advisors.
Since Chevron has taken over the
existing oil drilling rigs on Barrow Island, environmental protection has gone downhill,
according to people who have worked there. Australian flatback sea turtles nest on the remote island and forage and breed in the surrounding waters. This rare sea turtle nests
only in Australia and is protected by the government. Yet that has not stopped the Western Australia government's new premiere Colin Barrett, a conservative, from giving it the green light.
The project is also dependent on very questionable carbon sequestration technology, where the excess CO2 from natural gas production will be pumped under the island instead of released into the atmosphere. This approach has never been proven to be safe or environmentally sound.
Up the coast in the
Kimberley, fossil fuel giants want to build even more dirty plants for natural
gas processing that would destroy a relatively intact eco-system. Chevron and the other oil barons need
to pull back. See more at www.seaturtles.org and
Posted in Australia's Sea Turtles and the Kimberley, Blog
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Comment by Pete Taylor, Jul 7th, 2012 12:03am
I worked on Gorgon for 3 years and I know that Chevron put a huge effort into turtle protection - I don't know how effective it has been, you could do with an update on what has actually happened versus what you projected, which seems a bit subjective to put it mildly. Talk to some of the many enviros on the programme!
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