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Environmentalists in new bid to block WA’s huge Scarborough gas project

Environmentalists have launched another legal bid to block Woodside Energy’s $US12 billion ($16.5b) Scarborough gas development off north-west WA.

The Australian Conservation Foundation on Tuesday launched Federal Court proceedings in Victoria seeking to stop work on Scarborough under federal environmental laws until an assessment of its potential impact on the Great Barrier Reef across the other side of the country.

Woodside said it would oppose the action, noting the development, which was given the green light by the company in November, had already been assessed and approved by a range of regulators, including the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority, the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and the WA Environmental Protection Authority.

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