Australian Appeals Court Shoots Down $40B LNG Project

Law360, New York (August 19, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT) -- An Australian appeals court on Monday nixed the government's approval of a proposed $40 billion liquefied natural gas hub on the country's western coast, ruling that environmental regulators had relied on an invalid project assessment directed by ministers who were later removed for conflicts of interest.

Three of the five Western Australia Environmental Protection Authority ministers who took part in the early meetings addressing Woodside Petroleum Ltd.'s planned onshore plant, which would process gas from its $40 billion Browse natural gas development, were eventually booted because...
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