De­ci­sion looms on oil drill plan

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS -

A DE­CI­SION looms on a con­tro­ver­sial plan to drill for oil in the Great Aus­tralian Bight.

In­ter­na­tional en­ergy com­pany Equinor has ex­plo­ration rights on a site about 370km off the South Aus­tralian coast.

It sub­mit­ted an en­vi­ron­men­tal plan to fed­eral reg­u­la­tors in April but the Na­tional Off­shore Petroleum Safety and En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity twice de­layed a de­ci­sion, call­ing on the com­pany to pro­vide more in­for­ma­tion. NOPSEMA’s rul­ing is now due on Thurs­day.

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