Fifty-year extension for Australia’s biggest CO2 emitter attracts record number of appeals

The Guardian Australia
Royce Kurmelovs and Adam Morton
23 July 2022

Woodside’s gas processing facility in Western Australia’s Pilbara region attracts 759 appeals against it, up from the previous record of 170.

A record number of people have lodged appeals against a 50-year extension to Australia’s biggest emitting fossil fuel development, citing its contribution to the climate crisis and potential impact on the largest collection of rock art in the southern hemisphere.

Western Australian authorities received 759 appeals against a recommendation by the state Environment Protection Authority (EPA) that oil and gas giant Woodside Energy been given the green light to operate the North West Shelf gas processing facility on the Burrup peninsula, in the Pilbara, until 2070.

The previous record number of appeals lodged against a development in WA was 170, for the Bunbury Outer Ring Road last year.

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