Nov 30 (Reuters) - Woodside Petroleum said on
Tuesday an environmental body will challenge the government's
decision to approve the expansion of its Pluto LNG train on
concerns of environmental harm caused by greenhouse gas
The Conservation Council of Western Australia (CCWA) will
legally challenge the state's work approval for the Pluto LNG
Train 2 project in the Burrup Peninsula.
The company and BHP Group recently approved $12
billion to develop the twinned Scarborough and Pluto Train 2
project, which is essential to Woodside, Australia's biggest
independent oil and gas company.
Scarborough, slated to produce 8 million tonnes of LNG a
year for export and 180 terajoules a day of gas for the domestic
market, is expected to revive Woodside, which has had limited
growth over the past several years.
CCWA says the approval was unlawful as it did not properly
consider the project's environmental harm, alleging it would
more than double the annual greenhouse gas emissions from the
"Any additional CO2 emissions take us further beyond what is
considered acceptable for a safe climate," Tim Macknay, Managing
Lawyer for the Environmental Defender's Office, which is
representing CCWA, said in a statement.
"(It) increases the risk of bushfires, droughts, heatwaves
and other climate-related phenomena which put communities at
risk," he said.
This is the second challenge to Scarborough from the CCWA,
with the first being launched in December last year and set for
its first hearing next month.
Woodside said it would defend its position in court.
(Reporting by Arundhati Dutta in Bengaluru; Editing by Devika