Animals airlifted to make way for Gorgon

Nearly 1,000 threatened mammals will be airlifted from Barrow Island to the mainland to make way for the planned $43 billion Gorgon gas project.


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Dear sir Re your article about airlifting endangered species from Barrow Island to the mainland. These animals have lived on the island for how many years? Who knows, without predators they have little fear or the knowledge to who or what is their enemy. Endangered they might be now, extinct in a few years time. Greed seems to have won out yet again over our native wildlife.

Kevin, you have it spot on... The reason they are still on the Island is because of the lack of predators like foxes and feral cats. I would like to see the survival rates once it is all said and done. Will each animal be tagged and monitored, or just dropped off in a new environment to fend for itself! Say goodbye to our special, and wonderfully unique creatures. Maybe our future generations will be able to see them at the zoo.

An interesting little throw-away phrase 'to make way for the planned $43 Billion gorgon gas project'. It gives the impression that the island is being depopulated of native animals because they might somehow adversely impact on the project. The truth (if it were to be acknowledged) is that the environmental stewardship of Barrow Island by Chevron has resulted in a situation where native (and endangered) animals are not only safe on Barrow Island, but can effectively support the repopulation of areas where these animals have disappeared. Balance in reporting is dead and buried when even a good news story for the environment is painted in this light.

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