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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 246 asked in the Legislative Council on 21 March 2019 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 21 March 2019


246. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Minister for Environment:

I refer to Chevron's failure yet again to comply with its obligation to capture emissions from the Gorgon gas project by injecting carbon dioxide beneath Barrow Island.

(1) What is the total amount of CO2 emissions that have been released into our atmosphere as a result of this failure?

(2) Could the minister please provide details of any meetings that have been held between the government and Chevron in relation to this issue since forming government, including attendees, dates and minutes of any meetings?

(3) The minister has been quoted as saying that he might step in if the injections do not start in six months or a year's time. Could the minister please provide a clearer indication of how long he will continue to give Chevron the benefit of the doubt?

(4) If Chevron fails to commence injections within the minister's accepted time frame, what measures will the minister take to require Chevron to offset the emissions that have occurred as a result of its failure to meet its obligations?


I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1)–(2) Providing the information to answer these questions in the time required is not possible. I request that the member place these questions on notice.

(3)–(4) On 11 April 2018, the Environmental Protection Authority received my request to inquire into the commencement conditions for the reservoir carbon dioxide injection system of ministerial statement 800. The inquiry was requested following the release of the annual environmental performance reporting for the Gorgon gas development project, as it had become apparent that there needed to be a clearly defined starting point for the commencement of the carbon dioxide injection system. The EPA is currently undertaking this inquiry and will report to me when completed.