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A coalition of organizations opposed to the massive Scarborough gas project in Western Australia has demanded an end to Woodside’s “climate lies”. The group, called 350 Boorloo Perth, accused Woodside of spearheading “the dirtiest new fossil fuel project currently planned in Australia,” according to activist Anthony Collins. Woodside and BHP on Monday signed the controversial $ 16 billion LNG project off the coast of Western Australia, which will cement another 30 years of gas exports from Australia. Woodside proposes to develop the Scarborough gas field with offshore facilities linked by a 430 km pipeline to its onshore Pluto LNG plant. Market Forces asset management activist Will van de Pol said the Scarborough-Pluto project could release as much carbon as 15 coal-fired power plants running for 30 years. “If Woodside, BHP and their investors think the community will stand idly by while they detonate the biggest carbon oil and gas bomb currently on offer in Australia, they are sorely mistaken,” he said. The investment decision comes just a week after global climate talks in Glasgow calling on nations to do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “All of Australia’s big four banks have loaned Woodside, BHP or associated infrastructure to their polluting gas projects, while nearly every super fund in the country is investing their members’ money in these climate-destroying companies,” said Mr. van de Pol. Woodside chief executive Meg O’Neill told the ABC on Tuesday that the gas field is very low in carbon and the company needs to think about customers who want to use LNG as a bridging fuel. But Dan Gocher, director of climate and environment at the Australasian Center for Corporate Responsibility, said the Scarborough gas project was incompatible with keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius. “Woodside aggressively continues to expand as major trading partners such as Japan and Korea take active steps to reduce demand for LNG, effectively ignoring the risk of stranded assets,” he said. “Shareholders should demand that Woodside abandon its expansion plans.” Western Australia Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Chris Rodwell said this was exactly the type of project the state needed when it reopened to the world after the coronavirus pandemic. “LNG will play a vital role as the world goes to net zero,” he said. Associated Australian Press

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