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WWF: There is No Place in Australia for a Gas Plant

The development of a gas project in Australia on a coral reef off the Western Australian coast will spark global outrage

Conservation group WWF Australia says the development of a gas project on a coral reef off the Western Australian coast will spark global outrage.

Woodside Petroleum is considering building a processing plant on Scott Reef for its $A12 billion Browse gas project.

The company said it might build a lagoon-based plant on the reef, halfway between Indonesia and the Kimberley coast rather than a facility on the environmentally-sensitive coast.

But WWF Australia chief executive Greg Bourne said his organisation did not believe there was any place for a gas plant in such a sensitive area, because he wanted Australian oil and gas operators to be known for their legacy of sensible development and environmental leadership.