01/18/2011 - Southern Right whales, Humpbacks, the Great White shark and Southern Bluefin tuna could be at risk after the federal government gave BP permission to explore for new oil reserves, environment groups say.
The embattled energy giant has been granted four permits to explore for oil and gas in the Ceduna Sub-basin in the Bight Basin off South Australia.
It is the first time Australia has granted additional rights to BP since the April 2010 blowout at BP's Macondo well that killed 11 workers and spewed almost five million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
Michelle Grady from the Save Our Marine Life alliance says the exploration permits sit on top of the Great Australian Bight marine park and have been place "very preemptively" over an area that is being assessed for new marine parks.
Read the full article BP's SA Plan Could Impact Whales: Groups on the Sydney Morning Herald's Web site.