UNITED: Protesters gathered at Sisters Beach in response to BP’s proposed oil dig in the Great Australian Bight. North-West Tasmanians stood united with Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson at Sisters Beach to highlight the threat of BP’s proposed oil venture on the coastline.

The proposal would see BP drilldeeper in Australian waters than the Gulf of Mexico, where drilling caused the2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

SenatorWhish-Wilson said the drilling would createthe potential for a “catastrophic oil spill” along Tasmania’scoastline.

“We don’t need oil anymore…we need to transition the economy,” Senator Whish-Wilson said.

A BP spokesperson said they understand theimportance of sharingplans for the Great Australian Bight.

“BP recognises that there are a wide range of views on exploration in the Great Australian Bight and respects and supports the opportunity for these viewpoints to be shared,” a spokesperson said.

Independent modelling showed an oil spill is highly likely to have significant impact onTasmania’s North-West coastline, a statement released by the Wilderness Society said.

More than 50 people participated in the National Day of Action event.

Whish-Wilson said we need to do everything to protect our coastal areas.

“The reason we’re losing the battle on climate change is because of companies like BP lobbying politicians.”

BP said theyexpectand welcome scrutiny by regulators to ensure theirwork is safe and environmentally acceptable.

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