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The presentation looks at some of the evidence presented to the Commission of Inquiry into the Montara well head platform explosion off north
which occurred on western Australia 21 August 2009. While the Government is still to make public the Commission’s report, evidence presented to the inquiry is available on the inquiry website.
With increased petroleum and gas exploration in the Indian Ocean off
’s coastline there is increased risk of further incidents which could cause great harm to the marine environment. Australia
|Deepwater Horizon oil spill|
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The AUSMARINE presentation points out that if rig explosions and major oil spills can occur off the coastlines of two of the most technically advanced countries in oil exploration, what hope is there for developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region and globally, where regulatory requirements and local experience is much less.
AUSMEPA also urges the Federal Government, together with other countries, including the
, to take appropriate action to establish an international regulatory regime for offshore petroleum exploration and development operations. USA
Such a regime could be undertaken by the United Nation’s International Maritime Organization (
IMO) which has had a dramatic impact in reducing pollution of the sea from ship operations in the past three decades.
The Australian Marine Environment Protection Association is a not for profit association which aims to bring awareness to the Australian community about the importance of the marine environment and the need to protect it for future generations. It does this through a range of education programs freely available from its website, www.ausmepa.org.au
For more information about AUSMEPA please visit our website here.