Urgent action by Tues 21 July: Have your say on Woodside’s proposal to produce fossil gas to 2070

By Steve Gates

Dear NRPG members,

Apologies for the delay  on this urgent request…

Kind regards,
Steve Gates

President, NRPG Bushcarers

File an urgent appeal by July 21

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Dear Steve,File an urgent appeal to have your say on Woodside’s latest harmful gas proposal.  The North West Shelf is one of Australia’s most polluting gas projects. It was due to be shut down this decade, but alarmingly, the Western Australian EPA has recommended approval of Woodside’s proposal to continue processing fossil gas for another 50 years.      The science is clear. Burning fossil gas until 2070 is not compatible with a safe climate or Australia’s net zero goal. If you want to have your say on the EPA’s decision, you can file an urgent appeal against its recommendation to approve Woodside’s dangerous gas extension. You only have a small window of time to appeal the EPA’s decision. Take action and file your appeal by the end of Thursday, July 21.    Make an appeal using our submission guide  The North West Shelf extension would see Woodside process fossil gas for another 50 years at a time when Australia needs to drastically cut emissions to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.   According to EPA and Woodside documents, this project will cause a massive 4.3 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions over 50 years – that’s more than eight times Australia’s 2021 annual emissions.   Despite this, the EPA recommended approval of the project with conditions that would only reduce total greenhouse gas emissions down to 4.128 billion tonnes.  The science on climate change is clear: there can be no new gas developments if we are to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees and avoid catastrophic climate change.  The EPA should have aligned their decision with the scientific consensus and recommended refusal of this proposal given its significant climate impacts.   Instead, the EPA’s recommendation undermines Australia’s efforts to act on climate change, and rapidly cut our emissions in line with the Paris Agreement and our net zero target.      Download the submission guide  Not only is the North West Shelf extension one of the most climate-polluting projects currently proposed in Australia, it will pave the way for the development of an even more dangerous project, Woodside’s Browse Basin gas field.    Any person who disagrees with the EPA’s decision can exercise their right to lodge an appeal. Lodging an appeal is a simple process and creates a legal obligation for decision-makers to hear your concerns.  Follow the steps in our submission guide to take meaningful action against Woodside’s harmful project by July 21. 


Brendan Dobbie,
Managing Lawyer, Safe Climate – Gas, Environmental Defenders Office



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