Greenpeace today called on the Australian Government not to bail out the controversial Stuart Oil Shale Project in Queensland following reports that Project developer Southern Pacific Petroleum (SPP) had asked the Government to rescue it from a "cash crisis situation".
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Greenpeace climate campaigner Gareth Walton said, "The time has
come for the federal government to stop providing handouts to
"If oil shale is such a good idea why aren't companies queuing
up to replace SPP's former partner Suncor, which withdrew from the
Project last April?"
The Stuart Project is an attempt to extract oil from shale rock.
Greenpeace has been campaigning against the Project since 1998
because of its social and environmental impacts, which include
greenhouse emissions, dioxin releases, air and water pollution and
health impacts on local people.