WA court challenge launched against huge Burrup Hub gas project
(The Guardian, 21 Dec 2020) Environment group says plan led by Woodside is ‘most polluting fossil fuel project ever to be proposed in Australia’.
Environmentalists have launched a court challenge against approvals for a mega gas project in Western Australia that could lead to the release of billions of tonnes of greenhouse gases.
Lawyers for the Conservation Council of Western Australia (CCWA) want a judicial review of decisions made by the state’s environment agency which they say allowed for unlimited amounts of gas to be processed at two plants that are part of the Burrup Hub proposal.
Papers were lodged in WA’s supreme court on Monday against the chairman of the state’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and gas company Woodside, which is leading the major LNG expansion.
Perth-based Woodside is partnering with other major energy companies, including Shell, BP, Chevron and BHP, to drill offshore gasfields, lay pipelines and expand LNG processing plants on the remote Burrup peninsular near Karratha in north-west WA.