You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Push to stop BP drilling in SA's Bight

AAP logoAAP 13/09/2016 Elise Scott

The Australian Greens will try to stop BP drilling for oil in the Great Australian Bight with legislation prohibiting mining operations in the region's marine park.

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young will on Wednesday advise the upper house of the bill, which makes it an offence to conduct a mining operation in the Bight's marine park.

"The parliament has to step in and make sure that this national treasure is protected for generations to come," Senator Hanson-Young told AAP in a statement.

"BP will put this spectacular marine park at risk and, if they're given approval, there are several other companies lining up behind them."

It pre-empts a decision from the regulator NOPSEMA - due on Monday - on the latest attempt for BP to gain an exploration oil drilling licence for the Bight.

It's expected to be decided on Thursday whether to reignite a Senate inquiry into the environmental, social and economic impacts of BP's planned drilling and any future mining projects.

An already established Senate inquiry lapsed at the end of the last parliament.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon