Skip to content
Environment, Government Federal

ESSO DUMPS “RIGS TO REEFS” OPTION

Friends of the Earth Australia 2 mins read
Esso will remove 13 decommissioned platforms in Bass Strait

ESSO DUMPS “RIGS TO REEFS” OPTION

But regulators should drop dredging mandate.

 

 

Friends of the Earth Australia (FoEA) is congratulating Esso Australia for saying it has rejected the idea of dumping retired oil and gas platforms into the ocean to form fishing reefs.

 

In Melbourne consultations, Esso told FoAE the good environmental news that they would now remove the platforms — including the long steel support structures or ‘jackets’ — from the ocean.

 

In doing so, Esso (a company owned by ExxonMobil) said it acknowledged the science that does not support the artificial reefs idea. Esso is planning to remove 13 retired oil and gas platforms from Bass Strait in coming years. 

 

But industry regulators are telling Esso that they should dredge around the pylons that need to be removed so that they can be cut off below the seabed.

 

Friends of the Earth believes that, for the sake of the surrounding environment, dredging should be avoided at all costs, and that the jacket pylons should be cut as close as possible to the seabed instead.

 

FoEA Offshore Fossil Gas Campaigner Jeff Waters said that the hundreds of thousands of tonnes of steel for the jackets could now be brought ashore for recycling.

 

“Victoria needs steel to build wind turbines,” Jeff Waters said, “and we can use renewable electricity to recycle the steel from the platforms.”

 

“What we need now is a world’s best practice, state of the art oil platform recycling yard, which will trap all toxins as the platforms are broken down, cleaned and recycled.”

 

Jeff Waters said a site in Geelong was being considered for a recycling centre, and that South Australia was also hoping to get into the act by building a heavy-lifting ship for decommissioning.

 

“It’s a $60 billion national industry waiting to happen,” Jeff Waters said.

 

“The government should extend and raise the temporary oil and gas decommissioning levy to make industry pay for it.”

 

“It’s a drop in the ocean for them.”

 

Jeff Waters said FoEA would be lobbying the industry regulator, NOPSEMA, to ensure that no dredging takes place.

 

 

 

 


Key Facts:

- Esso dumps plans to try to convert retired oil platforms into so-called 'artificial reefs'

- FoEA welcomes the win; vows to lobby national regulator to avoid dredging


Contact details:

Jeff Waters

Offshore Fossil Gas Campaigner

Friends of the Earth Australia

0498 111 261

jeff.waters@foe.org.au

Media

More from this category

  • Environment, Property Real Estate
  • 26/02/2024
  • 08:19
Clipsal by Schneider Electric

Rooms worth renovating: how to add the most value to your home

Renovating can be time consuming and expensive, particularly when you’re attempting a whole home upgrade. Coupled with rising interest rates, it can leave a hefty hole in your pocket. However, there are clever ways to get the most out of your renovation without breaking the bank. Investing in the most crucial rooms in the home is one of the easiest ways to get the most bang for your buck. “You don’t need to spend big to see a transformation. It’s all about thinking strategically to highlight rooms that, when revamped with functionality in mind, have the power to elevate a…

  • Government Federal
  • 26/02/2024
  • 08:00
Parliament of Australia

Treaties Committee to consider Universal Postal Union treaty actions

TheJoint Standing Committee on Treaties(JSCOT) will hold a public hearing today for its inquiries into two Universal Postal Union treaty actions: Acts of the Universal Postal Union adopted by the 2nd Extraordinary Congress: Tenth Additional Protocol to the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union and Second Additional Protocol to the General Regulations of Universal Postal Union Acts of the Universal Postal Union adopted by the 27th Universal Postal Congress: Eleventh Additional Protocol to the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union, Third Additional Protocol to the General Regulations of the Universal Postal Union, the Universal Postal Convention, the Final Protocol to…

  • Education Training, Government Federal
  • 25/02/2024
  • 13:59
La Trobe University

La Trobe University welcomes the release of the final report of the Australian Universities Accord

SUNDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2024 Attributed to Professor Theo Farrell, Vice-Chancellor, La Trobe University La Trobe University welcomes the release of the Australian Universities Accord report today by the Hon. Jason Clare MP, Minister for Education. The University is pleased to see the majority of our own recommendations reflected and endorsed in the report. The Accord’s recommendations are bold and ambitious and, if adopted, could positively shift the dial for higher education in Australia. As the report itself states, these reforms will require a large investment from the Australian Government. With equity at the core of La Trobe’s mission, and as…

Media Outreach made fast, easy, simple.

Feature your press release on Medianet's News Hub every time you distribute with Medianet. Pay per release or save with a subscription.