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Approval for $40bn gas giant at James Price Point ‘unlawful’

  • From: The Australian
  • August 20, 2013 12:00AM

THE development of vast natural gasfields off Western Australia’s Kimberley coast has suffered a setback after the state’s Supreme Court found the environmental approvals for a critical gas-processing hub north of Broome were unlawful.

In an embarrassment for the Barnett government, Chief Justice Wayne Martin yesterday ruled the environmental approvals needed to build a gas hub for Woodside Petroleum’s $40 billion-plus Browse Basin project at James Price Point should be set aside because of conflicts of interest among the environmental watchdog’s board members.

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