Woodside’s Burrup Hub Impacts on Murujuga Rock Art

Woodside’s Burrup Hub project will have a devastating impact on the globally significant Murujuga Rock Art site on the Burrup Penisula that the Australian Government has nominated for World Heritage listing.

The Burrup Hub includes the North West Shelf and Pluto LNG facilities where Woodside has earmarked processing more dirty gas. Erosion on the Murujuga Rock Art from LNG processing pollution has led to a Senate Inquiry and has drawn concern from Murujuga Traditional Owners and rock art experts around the world. 

Murujuga contains an estimated one million examples of rock carvings dating back at least fifty thousand years, including the first recorded image of a human face. 

“This rock art is unique in the world. The Burrup Peninsula is the only documented place where the cultural history and spiritual beliefs of humankind for over fifty thousand years remain preserved in art. Industrial pollution from LNG processing is eating away at the surface of the petroglyphs and destroying this irreplaceable treasure.” – Rock Art Expert Dr John L Black.

Research has shown that acid gas emissions from LNG processing and linked industry on the Burrup Peninsula have directly increased the acidity of rock surfaces on Murujuga by 1000-fold, dissolving the rock surface and destroying the rock art. 

Friends of Aboriginal Rock Art have been raising awareness about threats to the rock art and has some excellent resources to learn more about the history of the Burrup Peninsula.

Email you MP our Burrup Hub report on why Woodside’s dangerous project should not go ahead and share your concerns about the damage it will cause to the Murujuga Rock art. Together we can help protect this sacred rock art.


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