Nine Out Of 10 West Australians Concerned About Long Term Oil Spill Damage

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23 October, 2009

Nine out of 10 West Australians concerned about long term oil spill damage

Majority support for marine sanctuaries to provide long term protection

Almost 90 per cent of West Australians believe the long running oil spill off the

Kimberley coast will cause long term damage to the marine environment,

including marine life, new research released to has found.

A national poll by Essential Research found that many more people in WA

than in the rest of Australia are concerned about the impacts of the oil spill

and want a network of marine sanctuaries put in place.

The research, conducted over the last week, also found that West Australians

believe oil and gas exploration should be excluded from areas that are

important for marine life, such as feeding and breeding areas.

Key findings include:

79% of people nationally believe it is likely that the oil spill of the

Kimberley coast in Western Australia will cause long term damage to

the natural environment, including marine life.

In WA, concern is much higher, with 89% of people surveyed agreeing

it is likely the oil spill will cause long term damage to marine life.

In WA, 56% of people support preventing oil and gas exploration in

areas important for marine life.

87% of West Australians support the establishment of a network of

large marine sanctuaries off the Kimberley coast to protect marine life

from oil spills and other pollution.

Only 6% are opposed to the idea.

“Nine out of 10 West Australians believe the Kimberley oil spill will result in

long term damage to the globally significant marine environment. This is

despite government and industry assurances that there will be little damage

from the spill,” John Carey from the Pew Environment Group said.

“An overwhelming majority of West Australian also support a network of large

marine sanctuaries being established off the Kimberley coast to provide

marine life with a safe haven from oil spill and other disasters.

“There is clearly a high level of public concern about the damage this long

running oil spill will cause and a clear message for government about what

the next steps should be – a network of large marine sanctuaries to safeguard

the marine environment and marine life.”

Media enquiries: John Carey, 0400 450 399

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