Take Action for Australia's Sea Turtles and the Kimberley
Australia's flatback sea turtles need our help to stop BIg Oil from ruining the Kimberley coast of Northwest Australia. This remote red rock country is wild and sacred to traditional owners. Sea turtles swim the coast for hundreds of miles from nesting beaches to feeding areas. Satellite tracking of nesting flatbacks has confirmed this expanse of coastal ocean as a pristine marine highway. See turtle pathway diagram here.
Photo of flatback returning to the sea at EcoBeach in the Kimberley south of Broome by Dave and Fiona Harvey.
Along with the ancient sea turtles, the Kimberley is home to the world's largest population of humpback whales and vast areas of diverse corals. The highly endangered Australian snubfin dolphin, rare dugongs and numerous fish species migrate along the same seaway.
But despite the BP oil spill and Australia's own oil disaster off the Kimberley coast in 2009, multinational fossil fuel companies are eyeing the Kimberley coast for a massive new liquid natural gas processing facility. BP is partnering with Chevron, Shell, Woodside Petroleum and BHP Billiton on this project.