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    Environment body challenges Pluto Train 2 approval

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CCWA said that the approval was unlawful as it failed to properly consider and control the environmental harm generated by the development’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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Environment body challenges Pluto Train 2 approval

Conservation Council of Western Australia (CCWA), an environment body, has challenged Western Australia’s decision to approve Woodside’s plan to develop Pluto Train 2 project, the Australian energy company said on November 30.

Woodside said it has received a proceeding in the Supreme Court of Western Australia challenging a Western Australian state government works approval for the Pluto Train 2 project.

CCWA in a separate statement said that the approval was unlawful as it failed to properly consider and control the environmental harm generated by the development’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Woodside said it has complied with regulatory requirements and environmental processes in seeking and receiving its approvals. “Woodside will vigorously defend its position," it said.

Australia's biggest gas producer took final investment decisions on Scarborough and Pluto Train 2 developments on November 22, including new domestic gas facilities and modifications to Pluto Train 1. 

This is the second challenge to Scarborough from the CCWA, with the first being launched in December last year and set for its first hearing next month.