8 July 2011 -
The Australian government has approved Shell's proposal to perform exploratory drilling operations, primarily for gas, 30 miles from the Ningaloo marine park. The Ningaloo Coast was inscribed to the World Heritage list at the 35th World Heritage Committee session held last month in Paris.
Australian conservation groups say a mishap in drilling operations, such as a spill, would pose a tremendous threat to the reef systems within the park.
The site is home to many rare and endangered species of wildlife and is famous for its population of whale sharks, the world's largest species of fish.
The Australian government is not requesting any further environmental assessment from Shell.
See the original article from guardian.co.uk here.