Gorgon blocked by EPA

THE $11 billion Gorgon liquefied natural gas project has been blocked by the Western Australian Environmental Protection Agency amid fears the project will damage the fragile ecology of Barrow Island, off the Pilbara Coast. Gorgon LNG general manager Colin Beckett said that Gorgon was a world-class gas field and the joint venture partners were confident of appealing the decision. EPA chairman Dr Wally Cox said, in its present form, the Gorgon proposal was unacceptable although he conceded the joint venture partners, Chevron (the project operator), Exxon Mobil and Shell, had done a lot of work in flora and fauna issues. Environment minister Mark McGowan said he would make the final decision on the Gorgon proposal once he had considered the EPA’s report and any subsequent report from the Appeals Convenor.

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