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Shell’s drilling off Australia could ‘devastate’ endangered marine life

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WWF demands full environmental impact assessment before Shell starts work near the Ningaloo marine park, north of Perth

Alison Rourke: Friday 8 July 2011 17.49 BST

Whale sharks, the world’s biggest species of fish, could be put at risk by oil drilling near Ningaloo marine park, western Australia. Photograph: Henry Walcott/AP

Conservation groups in Australia say a decision to allow Shell to carry out exploratory drilling near Australia’s newest world heritage site, Ningaloo marine park, could devastate the area if there was a spillage.

“It beggars belief that the government is not requiring a full environmental estimate of this drilling proposal,” said Paul Gamblin of the World Wildlife Fund.

Instead, the enrgy giant must abide by certain conditions, including visual observations for whales. The Australian government said Shell’s proposal did not require further assessment. read more

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WWF slams Shell reef drilling plans

2011-07-08 14:15

Sydney – Australian green activists expressed outrage on Friday at a government decision to allow energy giant Shell to drill for gas at a pristine reef that was listed as a World Heritage site just two weeks ago.

Ningaloo Reef is considered a natural wonder, sprawling some 260km along Australia’s west coast and teeming with hundreds of tropical fish and coral species.

The UN’s cultural body Unesco listed the remote Ningaloo coast as a World Heritage site late last month due to its reef, sea turtles and white whales. read more

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Greens in shock over Shell drilling rights

Drilling is planned near heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef.

CONSERVATIONISTS say they may appeal a Government decision to allow Shell to drill near the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef.

The Department of Environment said Shell could drill the Palta-1 exploration well, about 50km west of the Ningaloo Marine Park border, if it abided by conditions, including taking measures to avoid significant impacts on threatened species and migratory creatures such as whales.

The controversial decision has sparked outrage among conservationists, including The Wilderness Society, the World Wildlife Fund and the Greens. read more

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Shell Cleared to Drill Near World-Heritage Australian Site

By James Paton and Eduard Gismatullin – Jul 7, 2011 3:08 PM GMT+0100

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) got permission to drill an exploration well near the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef in Australia after the government decided against referring it for a more detailed environmental review.

Shell, Europe’s largest oil company, will drill the Palta-1 well about 70 kilometers (44 miles) from the Ningaloo Reef, the Hague-based company said today in a statement.

“The Exmouth Sub-basin is an important region for oil and gas production in Australia with existing exploration and production facilities operating safely in the region for many years,” the company said. read more

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Don’t trust Shell

March 30, 2011

By Andreas Späth

Shell wants us to believe that in exploring for and extracting natural gas from underground layers of shale in the Karoo using the polluting and extremely water-intensive technique of hydraulic fracturing or fracking, they have all of our best interests as well as those of the environment at heart.

They must also think us the most gullible halfwits this side of the Niger Delta.

In a recent full-page newspaper ad, the multi-billion dollar oil giant’s Bonang Mohale writes passionately about his company’s “commitments to the Karoo”, promising not to despoil and pollute it in the way fracking has been documented to mess up formerly pristine landscapes and water sources  elsewhere. He describes natural gas as a “more environmentally friendly” option and a “cleaner energy source” and twice refers to its role in building a “sustainable energy future”. read more

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Ningaloo Reef faces threat to status

THE push by petroleum giant Royal Dutch Shell to drill for oil and gas 50km off Western Australia’s spectacular Ningaloo Reef could jeopardise efforts to have the area listed on the World Heritage register.

With a decision likely by June, West Australian Premier Colin Barnett admits he is worried.

“If there was drilling anywhere in the vicinity of the stunning Ningaloo Reef, that would certainly compromise any application for World Heritage listing,” Mr Barnett said.

The federal government nominated Ningaloo for World Heritage in January last year, and Shell’s plan to drill in the iconic marine area for 60 days from about September sparked a public outcry when it was revealed by The Australian. last week. read more

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WA to stop Shell’s plans if reef at risk

March 11, 2011 – 3:49PM

AAP

The West Australian government says it will do all it can to stop oil and gas exploration near Ningaloo Reef if there is the slightest chance the reef will be threatened.

Energy giant Shell has applied for federal government approval for 60 days’ exploration drilling in an area about 50km west of the Ningaloo marine park’s boundary.

The plan has come under attack by environmentalists who say the risk of an oil spill is too great and could devastate one of the world’s most biodiverse coral reef systems. read more

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