WWF: Help save Australia’s ‘Galapagos’

January 23rd, 2007 2:34 pm by mad mags

Via the World Wildlife Fund:

Help save Australia’s ‘Galapagos’

Barrow Island is the second largest island in Western Australia, and is one of Australia’s oldest nature reserves. But this remarkable place, described as Australia’s ‘Galapagos’ because of its rare and endangered species, now faces unprecedented threats.

In December 2006, the Western Australian Government overruled the advice of its own Environmental Protection Authority and approved the development on the island of a huge gas plant by the energy companies, Chevron, Shell and ExxonMobil.

Risks to wildlife from the massive project include the introduction of invasive species and diseases in the thousands of tonnes of material and equipment needed to build the plant. The development would also require the construction of a port in a pristine tropical area previously
earmarked for inclusion in the surrounding marine park and the dredging of deep shipping channels in coral reef habitat.

You can help protect Barrow Island by signing our petition to the energy consortium (Chevron, Shell and ExxonMobil). Tell them to halt plans to locate the gas plant on the island and
instead look to alternative mainland locations.

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