The Australian oil and gas industry received a reprieve at the Australasian Oil and Gas (AOG) Conference on March 14 when it was revealed that Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan had brokered a deal forcing the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to retract demands for an immediate zero-carbon emission target for major oil and gas projects in the state.

A recent directive from the EPA that projects producing more than 100,000 tonnes a year of carbon should be fully offset emissions. It had provoked a furious backlash from both the state government and independent oil and gas company Woodside, which warned that tens of thousands of jobs and multibillion expansion plans to retai

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