85,000 people call for the Environmental Protection Authority to reject industrialisation at Exmouth Gulf, Ningaloo

30 November 2019, Perth: More than 85,000 people have sent letters to the Western Australian
Environmental Protection Authority calling for it to reject Subsea 7’s oil and gas pipeline fabrication
facility proposed for Exmouth Gulf, Ningaloo. The EPA’s public comment period for the proposal
closes today.

Protect Ningaloo Director Paul Gamblin said, “We’ve been staggered and heartened by the surge of
support for protecting Exmouth Gulf. 85,000 letters is a massive response and an emphatic
declaration to the government that the broad community wants Ningaloo and Exmouth Gulf
protected from industrialisation. Even Optus Stadium couldn’t seat all the people who’ve sent letters
to the EPA in recent weeks.”

“Undermining Exmouth Gulf and Ningaloo’s natural assets by allowing heavy industry to move in
defies common sense and creates uncertainty for the valuable tourism sector which is the major
source of jobs in the region.”

“Our analysis for the EPA submission also confirms that this pipeline project is unnecessary, and
even Subsea 7 admits it doesn’t have any customers for it. We’re risking so much for a speculative
play by this multinational corporation.”

Multinational oil and gas engineering giant, Subsea 7, is proposing to build a major industrial
pipeline fabrication facility in Exmouth Gulf, Ningaloo, which would have multiple impacts on marine
wildlife and habitats, and would bulldoze a ten kilometre stretch of natural vegetation.
“We are deeply concerned about the impact this project would have on an area of seabed up to a
1000 football ovals in size, and from bulldozing of natural vegetation to build railway lines the
distance of Perth to Cottesloe” Mr Gamblin said.

Whales and dugongs would be at risk of boat strikes and displacement, and would suffer from
unnecessary construction and towing noise. Increased turbidity and changes to water flows and
coastal process would have wider ecosystem impacts. Areas of natural beach, coral and sponges
would be damaged. There would also be social impacts for the area, diminishing the recreational
fishing experience and wildlife viewing.

“There is no other place like Exmouth Gulf, Ningaloo. Its natural attractions and healthy ecosystem
are why tourists flock there to experience unique ocean encounters like swimming with whales and
mantas, and just to get away from it all. Why would we want to put this incredible natural asset at
risk and open the door to unnecessary industrialisation?” Mr Gamblin said.

Photos and videos of Exmouth Gulf wildlife and vistas are available on request.

Contact: Kate Smithers, Communications Advisor: katesmithers@amcs.org.au