23/01/2018 - 15:37

Dawson reveals review reasoning

23/01/2018 - 15:37

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Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has disclosed that the review he has requested into Chevron’s Wheatstone project was in response to the removal of abatement conditions by the previous government.

Dawson reveals review reasoning
Stephen Dawson says the EPA will review the adequacy of the environmental condition.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has disclosed that the review he has requested into Chevron’s Wheatstone project was in response to the removal of abatement conditions by the previous government.

A spokesperson for Mr Dawson said the EPA would review the adequacy of the environmental condition governing emissions from the plant to ensure the project met contemporary standards.

Chevron requested changes to its ministerial conditions at the time of the Commonwealth’s Clean Energy Act (2011),” the spokesperson said. 

“Given the Clean Energy Act was repealed in 2014, it is appropriate that Wheatstone is re-examined in lieu of fixed carbon pricing in Australia.

“The EPA will now carry out an inquiry into the current greenhouse gas condition placed on the project to ensure it is in line with contemporary best practice.”

Original environmental approval for the project was issued in 2011.

In 2012, Chevron requested a review of its original Wheatstone greenhouse gas conditions when the Commonwealth’s Clean Energy Act 2011 came into effect. 

As a result of this review, the Barnett government removed all GHG conditions except retaining an annual reporting mechanism of GHG emissions.   

This meant that Chevron had no substantive state GHG abatement conditions on its Wheatstone project. 

The Clean Energy Bill was repealed in 2014 and no subsequent action was taken by the previous government to restore the original conditions.

Chevron said yesterday it was disappointed with the review.

"Chevron is disappointed by the WA government’s recent direction to the EPA regarding the Ministerial Conditions given emissions from the Wheatstone Project are regulated by the Australian government’s Safeguard Mechanism," a spokesperson said.

"Chevron continues to work with government to support a single and consistent national approach to managing greenhouse gas emissions."

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