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Woodside's 'climate bomb' Scarborough Gas Project must be defused

Independent Australia
24 Jun 2022, 16:52 GMT+10

An injunction has been sought against Woodside's Scarborough Gas Project in order to protect the Great Barrier Reef from further destruction. The EDO details the groundbreaking move.

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENDERS OFFICE (EDO) is heading to the Federal Court to seek an injunction against Woodside's Scarborough Gas Project over climate harm to the Great Barrier Reef.

On behalf of our client, the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), EDO will argue that the $16 billion fossil fuel project should not be allowed to commence unless it is approved under Australia's national environmental legislation, the EPBC Act.

Woodside's fossil fuel focus could push our climate over the edge

Climate polluter Woodside is building its business strategy around the absurd notion that the very thing driving the climate crisis should continue as part of the emergency response.

It is the first time the Federal Court has been asked to look at objective scientific evidence and find that the greenhouse gas impacts of a major offshore gas project are likely to significantly impact the Great Barrier Reef.

The Scarborough Gas Project is a for-export LNG proposal off Murujuga/the Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia, which will result in the release of an estimated 878.02 million tonnes of carbon dioxide over its lifetime.

That's equivalent to more than double the total emissions of Australia's energy sector in 2020, or 20-times Australia's passenger car emissions that same year.

Under federal law, a blanket approval applies to all offshore gas and oil projects, which allows projects to be assessed under a streamlined process by the offshore regulator, NOPSEMA.

However, this approval does not apply to projects that are likely to significantly impact the heritage values of the Great Barrier Reef.

The Coalition's 'dreadful' legacy on the Great Barrier Reef

Ahead of the upcoming Federal Election, the Coalition Government has made another significant pledge to protect the Great Barrier Reef from further environmental harm and degradation.

EDO Managing Lawyer Brendan Dobbie said:

This article was first published on the Environmental Defenders Office website and has been republished with permission.

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