The environmental movement rejoices after Equinor drops its exploration drilling plans in the Gulf of Australia

Equinor extreme profitability statoilEquinor headquarters at Forus, Stavanger. Photo: Tor Erik Schrøder / NTB scanpix

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Greenpeace and the Nature Conservation Association are pleased after Equinor on Tuesday said they would not proceed with the explorative drilling for oil in Southern Australia.

– This is fantastic news. It is good to see that Equinor has done just the right thing, says Frode Pleym, Greenpeace Norwegian leader.

Night to Tuesday, Norwegian time, it became clear that the state-owned energy company has notified the Australian authorities that they are dropping plans for exploration drilling in the Gulf of Australia off the coast of South Australia.

Pleym says Equinor has long been under popular pressure in both Australia and Norway.

– This decision would not have happened without grassroots activism from locals, indigenous peoples and environmentalists. Fishermen and local businesses have also vehemently protested, he says.

The Nature Conservation Association is also happy.

– For the sake of the climate crisis, most of the world’s oil must be left be. It is therefore completely wrong to open up the most valuable natural areas in the world, says Helga Lerkelund, adviser to the Nature Conservation Association.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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