On 21 August 2009, a well being drilled from the West Atlas oil rig off Australia's north west Kimberley coast blew out, uncontrollably spewing oil into the ocean.
See the whale calving waters in the Kimberly threatened by the oil spill and proposed new fossil fuel projects along the remote coastline in this TV segment direct from Australia.
Since then the oil has spread through waters known as a marine life super-highway. Recent NASA images suggest the affected area now extends over 15,000 square kilometres of turtle, whale, dolphin and fish habitat. The impact is shocking.
Australia's worst oil spill in 20 years is now discharging up to 400 barrels of oil every day into the marine environment. This is expected to carry on for another four weeks, by which time untold damage will have been inflicted. This is an environmental crisis. See more.
Please visit the Save Our Marine Life web site and sign the petition to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, calling for real action to stop the spill, clean up the oil, and reduce the risk of this happening again.
Thanks for your concern,
Conservation Council of WA
For Save Our Marine Life