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The Rainbow Warrior and our crew helped to end whaling in Australia. Together, we can protect whales from a new threat - Woodside.
Western Australia is where it all began for Greenpeace in Australia, as part of the successful campaign against Australia’s last commercial whaling station in Albany 45 years ago. Now the greatest threat to whales comes from fossil fuel companies like Woodside who are blasting our ocean for gas and fuelling climate change.
Our journey follows pygmy blue whales’ migration path, travelling from Albany in the southernmost end of WA to Perth, before sailing north, past iconic sites like Ningaloo reef to the Pilbara and Kimberley coast, where Woodside wants to drill for gas.
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Woodside wants to seismic blast for gas in whale habitat
Fossil fuel company Woodside wants to seismic blast and drill for climate-wrecking gas in Western Australia’s precious oceans. Its Burrup Hub project is the most polluting fossil fuel proposal in Australia today. If completed, Woodside would produce gas until 2070 – a full 20 years after Australia is meant to reach net zero emissions. It just doesn’t add up.
6.1 billion tonnes
Over its lifetime, the Burrup Hub will belch out 12 years of Australia’s emissions
54 threatened species
Dredging, drilling and seismic testing put vulnerable marine species, like whales and turtles, at risk
History of destruction
Woodside has a history of oil spills and dumping toxic trash in our waters.
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What is the Safeguard Mechanism?
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We just heard that Tanya Plibersek, the federal Environment Minister, is reviewing Woodside’s bid to extend its dirty gas processing facility to 2070. That means we have until 24 November to flood the environment department with public comments on the dangerous climate impacts of Woodside’s North West Shelf.
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Ask your MPs and Senators to #BlockBrowse
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As Western Australia sweats, Woodside rushes on Scarborough
Temperatures in the Pilbara, in the north of Western Australia, soared to a record-breaking 50.7˚C earlier this month. Since then, Woodside and their CEO Meg O’Neill have been ruffling together the financiers and construction partners to begin work on Scarborough: a deep sea gas drilling project that would pump gas back to those same shores, and create more climate pollution than any other Australian fossil fuel project.
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