PERTH, Australia – The Conservation Council of Western Australia (CCWA) has initiated court action against environmental approvals related to gas field developments offshore northwest Australia.
According to Woodside Energy, the CCWA has decided to serve notice on the state government and the company of a legal challenge in the Supreme Court of Western Australia concerning authorization to process gas at the North West Shelf and Pluto LNG facilities.
Woodside pointed out that the processed gas would deliver cleaner energy for customers in Western Australia and overseas, also ensuring thousands of jobs for Western Australians and opportunities to local businesses, and tax revenue to state and federal governments.
CEO Peter Coleman said his company had complied at all times with regulatory requirements and environmental processes in seeking and receiving approvals: “The CCWA is resorting to a legal challenge a year and a half after the approvals were granted.
“Their action will cost taxpayers money and flies in the face of the Environmental Protection Authority’s independent assessment…With regards to the emissions figures being quoted by the CCWA, they are highly misleading as, in reality, the use of our gas instead of other fossil fuels reduces carbon emissions.”
According to Woodside, a report by consultants ERM found that for every 1 ton (1.1 ton) of CO2-e emitted by the proposed onshore Burrup Hub projects over 2026-2040, 4 metric tons (4.4 tons) of emissions could be avoided globally.