Petition - ban SEISMIC testing in australian waters


To the Honourable President and Members of the Senate,

Seismic testing poses an unacceptable risk to the health of our oceans and delays the transition to a low carbon economy.

Seismic testing involves continuous airgun blasts every 10-15 seconds to map the location of oil and gas under the ocean floor.

The sound of each blast is louder than a jet engine. It is often conducted 24 hours a day for weeks on end.

Seismic testing has been shown to kill plankton within a kilometre, affect humpback whales within three kilometres, significantly increase mortality in scallops, and is currently being investigated to determine the impacts on pearl oysters and fish.

In 2018, New Zealand banned any further offshore oil and gas exploration permits from being granted, including seismic testing.

Meanwhile, the Australian Government continues to hand out permits that allow seismic testing for offshore oil and gas, putting our oceans and marine life at serious risk and further advancing the climate crisis through massive fossil fuel consumption. Every state in Australia is a target.

Most recently seismic testing has been approved in our pristine Great Australian Bight, home to the endangered southern right whale and an area worthy of World Heritage protection. An application for seismic testing has been lodged off the west coast of Tasmania’s beautiful King Island. And the Newcastle community in NSW is challenging seismic testing off the coastline having already been subject to testing in 2018.


The Federal Government has a responsibility to protect Australia’s oceans and marine life and help prevent dangerous climate change.

Your petitioners ask that the Senate legislate to ban seismic testing and offshore oil and gas exploration in all Australian waters.

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