Woodside's Burrup Hub Postponed
It is with relief that we found that Woodside's liquid natural gas (LNG) developments in the Burrup Hub have been delayed, due to the long term impact of falling gas prices and extreme climate risks. This is a huge win. We have another year to push against the fossil fuel developments that will threaten out climate, coral reefs and sacred cultural sites. We have our supporters to thank for helping to make this happen. Our enthusiastic team has written letters to ministers, called their member for parliament or attended rallies in protest of the plans.
Our next action is to petition the shareholders of Woodside and their partners on this project. We are calling on Woodside to make it permanent and finally abandon their polluting plans for the Burrup Hub. This would mean stopping billions of tonnes of climate pollution!
This news does not mean that Woodside has given up on its plans to build new fossil fuel projects. But, it does mean that we have a rare opportunity to push for them to ditch this project entirely.
Ensuring that this damaging project does not go ahead is integral to the safety of our climate. Woodside is continuing to push this project through its Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) approvals and we will be fighting it at every stage.
We would like to acknowledge the immense pressure that the COVID-19 epidemic has put on our healthcare system, local businesses and many other sectors of society. We stand in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of Australians that are out of work this week. Australians have displayed an extraordinary level of kindness, innovation and resilience in recent weeks.
Our recent research has shown that the number of jobs created from investing in new, large scale renewable energy projects in WA will be far greater than the number of jobs created from new LNG projects. Careers tied to LNG developments are becoming increasingly insecure, with global demand already shifting away from fossil fuels towards low and zero-carbon alternatives.
We will be publishing this research over the coming months and advocating for the role of clean energy solutions and a secure job market in helping WA’s economic recovery.