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Otway Climate Emergency Action Network

An informed and motivated Otways community taking bold and effective action for climate justice by protecting our coast and country from the threat of unsustainable development


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Taking Seismic to the City

”Seismic testing is a dark, dirty and destructive secret happening beneath Australian waters, out of sight and out of mind of the everyday person. Were the same amount of unaccountable destruction happening on terrestrial Australia there would be riots in the street. However, the silent world beneath the waves is suffering devastation without reason and without much regulation on environmental impacts, other than by the very same people who are carrying it out.“ - Taki

On March 19th 2021 OCEAN and Apollo Bay Lobster Fishermen protested Seismic Testing at the doors of NOPSEMA’s Melbourne Office (National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environment Management Authority).  The small crowd of approx. 100 people then Marched down Bourke street to Parliament Steps. The event was named “Taking Seismic to the City” because the people of Apollo Bay believe that if people in the cities knew about seismic testing and the devastating effects on the marine life they would oppose it very strongly.

What is Seismic Testing?

Seismic testing is the process of locating gas and oil deposits deep beneath the ocean floor. This is done by triling an air gun off the back f a boat, which send out sonic blasts 24 hours a day, every 10 seconds, at up to 256 decibels for months at a time. To give perspective, a jet engine at 50m is 140 decibels, so it’s no longer a sound than human ears can hear, its more of a burst of energy so powerful that it kills and causes permanent and significant damage to many species of marine life. The full extent of the damage done is not known and that suits the authorites and the gas and oil industry very nicely.

Please feel free to watch, share or use parts of our film to help spread the word about destructive Seismic Testing. Crediting OCEAN and Jackson Hayat films.

Write to state and federal energy and environment ministers to express your concern. Letter templates will be available soon.

Angus Taylor (Energy Sua)                       angus.taylor.mp@aph.gov.au

Sussan Ley (Environment Aus)                sussan.ley.mp@aph.gov.au

Lily D’Ambrosio (Environment Vic)          lily.d'ambrosio@parliament.vic.gov.au

Jacyln Symes (Resources VIC)                 jaclyn.symes@parliament.vic.gov.au

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