Australian Environmental Watchdog Retreats From Zero-Tolerance Directive
A recent directive from the country’s EPA provoked a backlash from the state and independent oil and gas company Woodside, which warned of job losses and risk to Australia’s status as an LNG superpower.
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