Information for Stakeholders
In this case, a stakeholder is anybody who can affect or can be affected by oil and gas activities in the GAB – all Australians who love nature, people who live along the coast, the community, and people who derive their income from the Great Australian Bight (tourist operators, the fishing industry etc).
For more than 50 years, the Australian oil and gas industry has demonstrated commitment to high environmental standards. These standards have been developed along with the industry itself, with the aim of minimal disturbance to the environment and coexistance with stakeholders. Adherence to these standards is highly regulated and operates under strict guidelines for environmental management.
There are numerous offshore oil and gas operations off Australia’s west coast and none off its east coast. Yet Australia’s east coast and west coast humpback populations are growing at almost identical rates. Indeed, the Western Australian humpback whale population is growing at close to its biologically possible maximum rate.
Oil and gas has been produced on Barrow Island, off the coast of northwest Australia, for more than 45 years. The industry operates without significantly impairing the island’s ecosystem – Barrow remains an A-Class Nature Reserve where many rare and endangered species are flourishing. The industry has invested substantially in significant environmental research on and around Barrow and runs the world’s largest non-government quarantine management program. Despite all of the activity on Barrow, no non-indigenous species have been introduced to the island or its surrounding waters.
Equinor Exploration Manager, Camilla Aamodt, talks about their Environment Plan for exploration drilling in the GAB.
"Safety always comes first."