Oil drilling on reef op­posed

Townsville Bulletin - - National Snapshot -

WEST­ERN Aus­tralia’s Premier Colin Bar­nett says he will do all he 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 ap­proval from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment for 60 days’ ex­plo­ration drilling in an area about 50km west of the Nin­ga­loo Reef 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.

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