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Greens call for judicial inquiry into oil spill and query any previous problems on rig.



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Bob Brown Greens call for judicial inquiry into oil spill and query any previous problems on rig Media Release | Spokesperson Bob Brown

Monday 24th August 2009, 2:10pm

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Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown says the Federal Gove rnment should

immediately establish a judicial inquiry into the oil spill off the

Kimberley coast.

"The causes of this oil and gas spill, as well as the potential

solutions to ensure similar spills don't happen again require the full

force of a judicial inquiry."

"With the Minister for Resources and Energy Martin Ferguson playing down

the seriousness of the situation, the Prime Minister should intervene."

"Already there are fears that the chemical dispersants being used could

have their own toxic effect on the area."

"A judicial inquiry would get to the bottom of any concerns with how the

oil rig was being operated and how the early stages of the clean up were

undertaken," Senator Brown said.

Senator Brown called on the company controlling the oil rig to reveal

full details of any previous problems or incidents on the rig.

"This spill makes Minister Ferguson's assurances about Gorgon

incredible," Senator Brown said.

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