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Question Without Notice No. 543 asked in the Legislative Council on 9 June 2020 by Hon Tim Clifford

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

Answered on 9 June 2020

GORGON GAS PROJECT — CARBON DIOXIDE INJECTION

543. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Minister for Environment:

I refer to Chevron's Gorgon gas carbon capture and storage system on Barrow Island and Chevron's failure to adequately begin sequestering carbon from when operations commenced in July 2016.

(1) Has Chevron proposed any alternative offsets to ensure that the project meets the carbon injection requirements as per condition 26.2?

(2) If yes to (1) —

(a) what has been proposed; and

(b) how much CO2 does Chevron propose to mitigate by offsets?

(3) If no to (1), what course of action will the minister take to ensure that suitable alternative offsets are pursued?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

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

(1)–(3) Ministerial statement 1136, published on 29 May 2020, amends condition 26.2 of ministerial statement 800. The amended condition requires that on a five-year rolling average at least 80 per cent of reservoir carbon dioxide removed during licensed gas processing operations on Barrow Island that would be otherwise vented to the atmosphere is injected. The first five-year period is reached on 18 July 2021. If the chief executive officer of the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation finds that the condition has not been complied with, the CEO may then exercise any power in respect of the noncompliance that is exercisable by the CEO under a written law and report it to me. DWER will continue to monitor compliance with this proposal and advise me accordingly.