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Put precious places ahead of industry interests

To mark today's International Hands Across the Sand day of action, Senator for South Australia, Penny Wright, has highlighted the unacceptable risks posed by Bight Petroleum's proposed oil and gas activities to the west of iconic Kangaroo Island.

Bight Petroleum currently has permits to explore for offshore petroleum in an area to the west of the island known as the Kangaroo Island Canyon and Pools, and intend to undertake seismic tests in early 2013 and start drilling in 2014.

"The Kangaroo Island Canyons are a critical breeding and feeding area for many threatened, endangered and protected species, and the life force of Kangaroo Island's fishing industry. There is simply too much at risk," said Senator Wright.

"I share the deep concerns of the Kangaroo Island community about Bight Petroleum's proposals. The risks of oil and gas exploration and production in this area are unacceptably high.

"An oil spill in the canyons would devastate marine life and irreparably damage the fishing and tourism industries that so many community members depend upon for their livelihoods.

"I completely agree with Kangaroo Island Mayor Jayne Bates when she described Bight Petroleum's proposal as "all risk and no gain" to the Kangaroo Island community; Kangaroo Island is too precious to lose."

Information on the international Hands Across the Sand movement can be found here: http://www.handsacrossthesand.com/

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