He has been steeped in mining. Nevertheless, Andrew Forrest believes that Equinor's drilling plans in the Australian Gulf constitute a completely different threat to the environment, writes Dagens Næringsliv.
- This is one of the richest marine environments in the world. It is a massive, untouched ecosystem. There you will find every kind of marine life, including the great mammals. Risking it in some way, in an area that is climatically hostile and difficult to drill in, is not worth it, says Forrest to the newspaper and points out that the cost of any accident will be totally impossible to measure.
- It is not enough for the government to say that the company is independent of us. If something really goes wrong, the so-called independence collapses, he says.
Equinor spokesman Erik Haaland tells the newspaper that the drilling plans have created unusually large involvement both locally and in social media, but he believes many of the counter-arguments are weak.
- This is also not an unspoilt area. 13 wells have been drilled there earlier, and there is a lot of shipping traffic. It has been opened for petroleum activities for many years, says Haaland to DN, and points out that both the mayors and government representatives welcome the company.
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Since the MV Solomon Trader (a Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier) ran aground on a coral reef in the southern Solomon Islands last month, the damaged vessel has spilled more than 80 tons of heavy fuel oil. This oil is now floating as a three-mile wide viscous coat of tar, marring the once crystal-blue water.
In the 1800's when whaling was prevalent Grey Whales where known as "Devil Fish." This unfortunate moniker was bestowed upon Grey Whales due to the mothers tendency to act with ferocity and aggression when their calves where harpooned. Grey Whales often sank smaller whaling ships in their rage and grief.
We are now a far cry from the days of commercial whaling and in one remote fishing village, San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja California, these "Devil Fish" are actively initiating affection and contact with the local humans, with mothers going so far as to encourage the youngsters to approach small boats, sometimes even lifting them towards the surface, as if introducing the calf to people for the first time.
"Our planet’s biodiversity and wildlife are usually best enjoyed from a distance, to preserve both their safety and ours. The situation in San Ignacio is not the norm and the formula is unique to this place. But it’s an inspirational look at how one community’s relationship with whales has undergone a wonderfully bizarre transformation."
Great Australian Bight Alliance Great news! Equinor's plans have made it to question time in Norwegian parliament. Kristoffer Robin Haug from the Norwegian Greens (Miljøpartiet de Grønne) asks Minster for Petroleum and Energy and Kjell-Børge Freiberg whether he will instruct Equinor, as a 67% state owned company, to withdraw from the Bight, and what an oil spill would do to Norway's reputation in Australia.
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