Protect sea lions, sharks and whales and reject oil and gas off Kangaroo Island, Australian Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke
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Australian Federal Environment Minister
The Hon Tony Burke MP

Protect sea lions, sharks and whales and reject oil and gas off Kangaroo Island, Australian Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke

    1. Margi Prideaux
    2. Petition by

      Margi Prideaux

      Australia

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The marine environment in the special region called the Kangaroo Island Pool and Canyons is of huge importance to special wildlife and critical to both Kangaroo Island's fishing communities and ecotourism industry.

This is a magical region with deep canyons where sperm whales dive for squid, spreading plains where sea lions forage and hunt and rock lobsters thrive. It is a region rich with the ancient upwelling waters from the southern ocean.

The petroleum industry is attempting to open this precious area as a new frontier for oil and gas, threatening marine species and the marine environment, including:
- Australian Sealions
- Blue Whales
- Sperm whales
- Shepherd’s beaked whales
- Southern right whales
- Common and bottlnose dolphins
- Great white and school sharks
The industry plans to explore the region with a seismic survey - that means devastating noise pollution.

Please urge the Australian Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Tony Burke, to reject this proposal under Australia’s Federal environment laws

Recent signatures

    News

    1. One last push - the final decision is imminent

      Margi Prideaux
      Petition Organizer

      On the 17th January, the oil and gas proposal went into it final stage and now sits with the Minister for a decision. The company’s environmental impact assessment is still flawed:
      1) They misrepresent the work of scientists and technical experts.
      2) Their proposal could impact the Island's fisheries, tourism industry and wildlife including sea lions, blue, sperm and southern right whales, rare beaked whales, significant numbers of dolphin species, sharks and southern bluefin tuna.
      3) They have not genuinely consulted with the Kangaroo Island community.
      4) They have not given the Island’s fishing and ecotourism industries a real say in this process.

      So, one last time we ask you all to please urge the Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt, to reject this proposal under Australia’s Federal environment laws - Greg.Hunt.MP@aph.gov.au - Let him know the community is watching

    2. Reached 2,000 signatures
    3. Thank you everyone. We've had a big impact

      Margi Prideaux
      Petition Organizer

      The submission period has now formally closed, but your signatures will continue to flow through and impact thinking, so we've decided to keep this open for another 2 weeks.

    4. Thank you everyone. We've had a big impact

      Margi Prideaux
      Petition Organizer

      The submission period has now formally closed, but your signatures will contue to flow through and impact thinking, so we've decided to keep this open for another 2 weeks.

    5. Reached 1,500 signatures
    6. Video by Senator Penny Wright & The Kangaroo Island Community

      Margi Prideaux
      Petition Organizer

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      Senator Penny Wright & The Kangaroo Island Community

      Kangaroo Island is one of our most significant wilderness places and home to a thriving, close-knit community ... and it is under threat from offshore oil & gas.

    7. Reached 750 signatures
    8. We are making progress, but we have only 5 days left

      Margi Prideaux
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you everyone for your support. We have five more days to turn this around.
      Kangaroo Island is a magical area where sperm whales dive for squid, sea lions forage and hunt and rock lobsters thrive. The mighty blue whale travels from afar every year to feed in these rich waters, but the petroleum industry is attempting to open this precious area as a new frontier for oil and gas. Please SIGN and SHARE the petition.
      Collectively, across all the different protests and emails we have already generated over 15,000 signatures. Let’s make it 25,000, before our comment window closes on Tuesday 19th March.
      Please tell the Environment Minister to reject this proposal!

    9. Reached 500 signatures

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    • Cindy Rosenqvist VASA, FINLAND
      • over 1 year ago

      The marine mammal life must be protected!

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    • hamdy rmy EGYPT --- ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT
      • over 1 year ago

      Very interested in everything

      I love the sea, and in the sea,

      We are the country's coastal

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    • clifford crane YORKTON, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      they are my brothers

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    • Clementine Maas van Breemen EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS
      • over 1 year ago

      We have to respect and love all living creatures....

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    • Pauline Scott SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      we were giving all the animals on land in sea in the air to look after and we need to address more and more these days and less taking for our own selfish wants of the so called good life, I beg a difference more and more we need to connect with the Native Indian's Ten Commandents Amen

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