Huge Project Wins EPA Green Light
One of Australia’s largest ever resource construction projects has been given the green light, subject to environmental conditions, by the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority.
EPA chairman Dr. Paul Vogel announced on Monday that, subject to 29 conditions, Woodside Petroleum’s controversial $30 billion Browse Basin Liquefied Natural Gas Precinct – which could generate up to 6,000 jobs during peak construction – has been recommended for approval.
Vogel says the level of proposal was the largest and most multi-faceted ever conducted in the EPA’s 40-year history.
“The level of complexity in assessing this proposal was unprecedented,” Vogel says. “The assessment has been incredibly thorough and included wide consultation with community members and scientific experts, site visits and meetings with interest groups. After carefully considering each environmental factor, I have recommended a rigorous set of 29 conditions and offsets to ensure the EPA’s environmental objectives are met.”