Woodside ‘climate bomb’ Scarborough gas project must be defused

An injunction has been sought against Woodside’s Scarborough gas project to protect the Great Barrier Reef from further destruction. The EDO details the revolutionary movement.

The ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENDERS OFFICE (EDO) is heading to Federal Court to seek an injunction against Woodside’s Scarborough Gas Project for climate damage 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 proceed unless approved under national environmental law from Australia, the EPBC Act.

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

This is the first time the Federal Court has been asked to consider objective scientific evidence and find that the greenhouse gas impacts of a major offshore gas project are likely to have a significant impact on the Great Barrier Reef. coral.

The Scarborough Gas Project is a proposed LNG for export offshore Murujuga/Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia which will result in the release of approximately 878.02 million tonnes of carbon dioxide over its lifetime. life.

Under federal law, a blanket approval applies to all offshore oil and gas projects…

This equates to more than double the total emissions from the Australian energy sector in 2020, or 20 times the emissions from Australian passenger cars in the same year.

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

However, this approval does not apply to projects that may have a significant impact on the heritage values ​​of the Great Barrier Reef.

The legacy

EDO’s managing attorney, Brendan Dobbie, said:

Given the huge amount of greenhouse gas emissions that will be released by this project, Scarborough is likely to have a significant impact on the heritage values ​​of our unique and fragile Great Barrier Reef, which is already subject to extreme stress due to climate change.

We are seeking an injunction against the Scarborough Gas Project in Federal Court. This is the first time the Court has been asked to consider objective scientific evidence on the greenhouse gas impacts of an offshore gas project on our Great Barrier Reef.

We are asking the Court to restrict the construction of the Scarborough gas project because of its climate impacts on the Great Barrier Reef.

We are running out of time to save our reef. It is essential that the impacts of new harmful fossil fuel projects on the Great Barrier Reef are recognized and properly assessed.

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

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