This spill in the Bass Strait should send a clear ‘wrong-way-go-back’ signal to the federal government, which is set to consider exploratory oil drilling by Chevron in the Great Australian Bight – a nursery for southern right whale calves.”
In September 2015 an electrical fire raged for nine hours on the same rig. It caused all the lights on the platform to go out, forcing an evacuation to occur at night without lights.
In 2013, another ExxonMobil rig in the Bass Strait spilled about 750 litres of oil into the water.
The Exxon spokesperson defended the company’s safety procedures.