Fossil fuel company Woodside wants to 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.
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Woodside’s climate wrecking gas expansion
Threatens marine parks and protected areas
The Burrup Hub – which includes the Scarborough, North West Shelf, and Browse projects – could impact 12 different marine parks, including Ningaloo Reef. It would put marine life at risk and lock Australia into more fossil fuels as the rest of the world shifts to cleaner, cheaper renewable energy.
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
Follow the Rainbow Warrior's mission to stop Woodside
Right now Greenpeace is taking action by standing with communities on the frontline of this destruction. Our ship, the mighty Rainbow Warrior is sailing off the coast of Western Australia from April to June to confront Woodside and bear witness to the marine life at stake from their dirty gas drilling plans.
Frequently Asked Questions about Woodside’s gas project
Yes. Gas is a polluting fossil fuel that is responsible for climate change. It contains large amounts of methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gasses which traps 86 times more heat than carbon dioxide.
The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report found that the world already has enough fossil fuel infrastructure to push us over 1.5˚C. To stave off the worst effects of climate change for people and nature, we must cut down our emissions and transition to clean energy – fast. Yet the Burrup Hub, if completed, would add 6.1 billion tonnes of climate pollution: 12 times Australia’s annual emissions.
Woodside wants to drill over 80 gas wells in some of the world’s most biodiverse waters. If an accident were to take place, it could impact up to 12 marine parks including Ningaloo Reef.
Woodside’s dredging and drilling would cut through whale migration routes and harm nesting sites for endangered sea turtles. Seismic surveying would blast sound waves through the ocean, injuring whales and dolphins. A worst-case scenario spill at Browse could decimate corals at Australia’s magnificent Scott Reef, and reach as far as Indonesian waters. And the risks go on and on.
You can explore the habitat at risk in our Interactive Map and learn more about Woodside’s track record of accidents and degrading infrastructure.
Putting more money in fossil fuels is "moral and economic madness," according to the UN Secretary General. As we move to a lower emissions world, Woodside’s projects risk losing money and becoming stranded assets.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) in its Net Zero by 2050 emissions scenario has modeled a rapid drop in gas demand starting in 2030 – with a steep decline in Australia’s LNG exports. Yet the Burrup Hub would produce gas until 2070.
Investors are losing confidence. In 2022, Australian industry superannuation fund NGS shed $75 million in Woodside shares due to stranded asset risk, while half of Woodside’s own shareholders (49%) voted against the company’s climate plan.
See our Woodside Investor Briefing for more on the financial risks and get in touch if you’re a Woodside shareholder wanting to help
Greenpeace Australia Pacific is helping build a people-powered movement big enough to take on Woodside. And every day, we’re doing the legal and regulatory work behind the scenes to slow them down and make sure the dangerous Burrup Hub is never completed.
Already, with our allies, we have pushed back seismic testing on Scarborough, exposed the risks to wildlife and climate with peer-reviewed research on the projects, and pressured Woodside Directors and federal and state Environment Ministers to abandon the project.
But we still need more people with us to stop the Burrup Hub from ever being built. Will you join us? Explore the actions below to see how you can help
Other ways you can help
Email your MP to stand up for people, not big polluters
State and Federal MPs have the power to stop Woodside - but they won’t act unless we let them know how we feel.
Help the grassroots campaign in Western Australia to #FreetheNippers from dirty fossil fuel sponsorship!
Let us know if you’re a Woodside shareholder
Big or small, investors can help push for change
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More information about Woodside's polluting gas project
Explore our reports and briefings to learn more about the risks from Woodside's Burrup Hub gas project.
Investor Briefing: 2023 Greenpeace Woodside Investor presentation
Woodside's Dangerous Seismic Plan
Whale's Report: Whales, Woodside and the Dangers of the Burrup Hub
Disaster Report: Deep-Sea Disaster: Why Woodsides Burrup Hub project is too risky to proceed
Spill Mapping: Woodside’s Burrup Hub spill and accident scenarios based on Woodside’s own documents
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