Despite federal Labor's announcement to reduce emissions by 45% by 2030, WA's state Labor government is promoting the development of massive new LNG projects in the north of the state. DEA has recently released a report and made statements protesting expanding off shore gas developments, calling climate change "the biggest threat to health in human history." "Continued expansion of this industry without consideration of its emissions cannot continue," said DEA's Dr Richard Yin.
WA's independent Environmental Protection Authority recently attempted to impose requirements for oil and gas companies to make all new WA LNG projects carbon-neutral, offsetting their own pollution through investment in offsets projects such as carbon farms.
But a fortnight ago, after intense lobbying from industry, the Premier met in Perth with representatives from Shell, Santos, Chevron and Woodside.
Then he rang the EPA, which thereafter withdrew its policy pending "industry consultation".
Premier McGowan said at the time that the EPA withdrawing its guidelines would "allow for us to be a part of a bigger national solution on this issue".
As federal Labor announced emissions cuts, the WA Premier headed to an LNG industry conference in Shanghai to meet with companies and spruik WA's plan to be a global oil and gas hub. "My message to industry is clear; WA is ready and able to take the next step as a global energy hub and the LNG industry should choose WA as their place of investment, so they can leverage off our state's unique advantages,” Mr McGowan said. On Tuesday he also announced the government would spend $10 million on seed funding for an LNG plant in Kwinana.
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