Barrow Island expansion could destroy ecosystem: Greens

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Expansions to the controversial Gorgon Gas development on Barrow Island could have devastating impacts on the local ecosystem, warned the Australian Greens today.

"The original Gorgon proposal for a two-train LNG plant on Barrow Island has not even been started and now Chevron is talking about building three, four or five LNG trains," Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said.

"The Environmental Protection Authority originally recommended against this plan, due to the probable environmental harm it could cause. If this expansion goes ahead, the impact on the island's rare species, which have survived development to date, will be devastating."

"Premier Colin Barnett has already stated he will approve three trains, well before the EPA has finished its formal assessment of this extension," said Senator Siewert.

"This island is Australia's ark - it has endangered species that are found nowhere else. At the time this development was first proposed, the community was told it wouldn't lead to further development - now it appears that was clearly nonsense."

"I'm deeply concerned about the future of this critically important island."

"This is not the long-term, carefully planned approach that WA needs to wean off the mining boom and bust. We need to help our communities survive the energy crises to come and, as well as developing WA's massive renewable energy resources - including solar thermal, wind, wave and geothermal power," she concluded.

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