Conservationists in court bid to halt $16bn Scarborough gas project citing damage to barrier reef

Australian Conservation Foundation says global heating from fossil fuel development will compound coral bleaching on Great Barrier Reef

An environment group has launched a legal bid to halt a $16bn gas development in Western Australia, arguing the effect of its greenhouse gas emissions on the Great Barrier Reef will be significant and should be assessed under national environment law.

Documents lodged by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) in the federal court on Tuesday said Woodside’s Scarborough gas project would likely affect the 2,300km reef system’s world and natural heritage values by adding to mass coral bleaching.

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