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Rachel Siewert Greens Senator to survey WA oil spill Media Release | Spokesperson Rachel Siewert

Thursday 27th August 2009, 4:28pm

in Environment Mining Pollution

Australian Greens marine spokesperson Sen ator Rachel Siewert will tomorrow visit the site of the West Atlas oil

spill, to survey the site and the extent of the spill.

"This is an area of high marine biodiversity, and I will be travelling out there to see for myself the extent of the

spill and potential environmental damage," said Senator Siewert.

"I am concerned that the relief drill rig currently on its way to the spill site will take 17 days until it would be ready

to begin work. The area affected is close to the unique ecosystems of Ashmore and Browse Island. With the

leakage expected to continue for so long, I'm concerned about the risk of environmental damage to these

precious areas."

Senator Siewert will fly over the oil spill site on Friday 27th August, and is available for comment before 7am WST

and after 4:30pm WST. Aerial photographs and video will be made available to the media upon their return.

For more information or media enquiries please call Tim Norton on 0418 401 180

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