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Woodside Scarborough LNG gas project protest: Three chain themselves to concrete, blockade Burrup Road

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Protesters have blocked access to Woodside’s Burrup Hub and a host of other critical resources infrastructure in the Pilbara in protest of the WA company’s green-lighting of the Scarborough gas development.

Three people in the early hours of Wednesday morning chained themselves to concrete barrels using a car and trailer to blockade Burrup Road and prevent access to Woodside’s Karratha Gas Plant and Pluto LNG facilities, Yara’s fetiliser and ammonia plants, the Port of Dampier and several offshore support companies operating from King Bay.

It comes after Woodside on Tuesday announced it would press ahead with the $16.5bn Scarborough gas project, which will pipe gas from 375km off the North West coast to the company’s Burrup Hub.

Woodside said the project would create 3200 construction job and produce first gas in 2026.

WA Premier Mark McGowan hailed the announcement as “a boon for the State”.

“In the coming days, we will execute agreements with the Scarborough and Pluto Train 2 joint ventures that will provide energy certainty for the State and support thousands of local jobs, as well as providing a transition fuel source for our major trading partners,” he said.

But the project has drawn immediate fire from conservationists who have vowed to lead a strong campaign against the project which they say will pump 1.69 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and damage nearby rock art which is subject to a World Heritage push.

“At a time when the world is facing up to the dire need to reduce emissions and prevent irreversible damage to our climate, this project is an insult to ordinary Australians who will bear the brunt of future extreme weather events and climate disasters caused by developments like Scarborough,” Conservation Council of WA executive director Maggie Wood said.

Two women and a man will attempt to maintain their Burrup blockade for as long as possible today to disrupt industry.

Police have now blocked the road at the turn-off from the highway.


Protesters have blocked access to Woodside’s Burrup Hub and a host of other critical resources infrastructure in the Pilbara in protest of the WA company’s green-lighting of the Scarborough gas development.

Three people in the early hours of Wednesday morning chained themselves to concrete barrels using a car and trailer to blockade Burrup Road and prevent access to Woodside’s Karratha Gas Plant and Pluto LNG facilities, Yara’s fetiliser and ammonia plants, the Port of Dampier and several offshore support companies operating from King Bay.

It comes after Woodside on Tuesday announced it would press ahead with the $16.5bn Scarborough gas project, which will pipe gas from 375km off the North West coast to the company’s Burrup Hub.

Woodside said the project would create 3200 construction job and produce first gas in 2026.

WA Premier Mark McGowan hailed the announcement as “a boon for the State”.

“In the coming days, we will execute agreements with the Scarborough and Pluto Train 2 joint ventures that will provide energy certainty for the State and support thousands of local jobs, as well as providing a transition fuel source for our major trading partners,” he said.

But the project has drawn immediate fire from conservationists who have vowed to lead a strong campaign against the project which they say will pump 1.69 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and damage nearby rock art which is subject to a World Heritage push.

“At a time when the world is facing up to the dire need to reduce emissions and prevent irreversible damage to our climate, this project is an insult to ordinary Australians who will bear the brunt of future extreme weather events and climate disasters caused by developments like Scarborough,” Conservation Council of WA executive director Maggie Wood said.

Two women and a man will attempt to maintain their Burrup blockade for as long as possible today to disrupt industry.

Police have now blocked the road at the turn-off from the highway.

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