Kangaroo Island Oil Lease Sparks Backlash

At the same time as the controversial Margaret River Oil lease was released in an area under consideration for marine sanctuaries in Western Australia, the same thing happened in South Australia. 

The Kangaroo Island canyons are home to unique deepsea marine life, and are a feeding ground for sea lions, whales and dolphins – including being one of only two known feeding grounds of the bluewhale in Australia.  The other being the Perth Canyon offshore from Perth in Western Australia.  The Perth Canyon also has oil leases at its borders.

The Sunday Mail did an excellent piece on the new lease, including a unlikley backlash from broad business interests – tuna fishermen, the tourism industry and the South Australian mining council.

Article is attached –  KI oil area.

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