• 7 minutes Get First Access To The Oilprice App!
  • 11 minutes Japanese Refiners Load First Iran Oil Cargo Since U.S. Sanctions
  • 13 minutes Oil prices forecast
  • 17 minutes Renewables in US Set for Fast Growth
  • 5 hours Chinese FDI in U.S. Drops 90%: America's Clueless Tech Entrepreneurs
  • 1 min Socialists want to exorcise the O&G demon by 2030
  • 23 hours Is Natural Gas Renewable? I say yes it is.
  • 8 hours Good Marriage And Bad Divorce: Germany's Merkel Wants Britain and EU To Divorce On Good Terms
  • 6 hours Duterte's New Madness: Philippine Senators Oppose President's Push To Lower Criminal Age To 9
  • 1 day Making Fun of EV Owners: ICE-ing Trend?
  • 1 day Blame Oil Price or EVs for Car Market Crash? Auto Recession Has Started
  • 15 hours Cheermongering about O&G in 2019
  • 14 hours North Sea Rocks Could Store Months Of Renewable Energy
  • 23 hours Emissions from wear of brakes and tyres likely to be higher in supposedly clean vehicles, experts warn
  • 7 hours *Happy Dance* ... U.S. Shale Oil Slowdown
  • 4 hours Oceans "Under Fire" Of Plastic Trash
  • 1 day Orphan Wells

Breaking News:

Oil, Gas Industry Fears Skills Shortage

Oil Prices Lag Despite Early OPEC Cuts

Oil Prices Lag Despite Early OPEC Cuts

OPEC already started cutting crude…

BP “Promoted” Oil Spills To Australian Watchdog

offshore rig

BP downplayed the risks of an oil spill in the Great Australian Bight, and even suggested that cleanup efforts—in case of such a spill—would be a “welcome boost” to the local coastal economies, correspondence between the supermajor and Australia’s environmental regulator NOPSEMA has revealed.

BP quit the Great Australian Bight last year, passing the torch to Statoil. But now letters released under freedom of information legislation provide details about the company’s environmental plans for the region and are bound to spark outrage among environmentalists.

First published in Climate Change News, the letters suggest that BP had failed to properly address the extent of potential environmental damage in case of a spill and the impact on local marine fauna of drilling activities.

For example, Climate Change News writes, oil spill modeling submitted by BP to NOPSEMA two years ago had shown an oil spill could reach as far as New South Wales, polluting 650 to 750 km of coastline in a period of between 125 and 300 days. The watchdog questioned BP’s ability to gather the manpower and equipment needed for the cleanup of such a large area of coast, and it also asked the company to remove the “welcome boost” statement from its environmental plan.

Related: Yieldcos Are Back And Better Than Ever

All in all, the letters show that BP’s revised environmental plan for the Bight, submitted after NOPSEMA rejected its original one in 2015, fell short of requirements on 69 out of 88 criteria for approval. BP said that these letters reflect ongoing work by the company and the regulator to come to an agreement on BP’s preparedness to handle any undesirable events in the Bight.

When BP quit its drilling project in the Bight, it said it was doing so because of unfavorable economic conditions. Environmental activists agree: one former politician from the Australian Greens party told Climate Change News that taking care to minimize risks for the sensitive ecosystem on the Great Bight from the effects of oil and gas drilling would be “prohibitively expensive” for any company.

By Irina Slav for Oilprice.com

More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:



Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News