Scarborough is a proposed offshore gas mine being planned by Woodside and BHP which will accelerate catastrophic climate change, threaten endangered marine life and damage the oldest and largest art gallery in the world – the ancient Murujuga Aboriginal rock carvings.
Scarborough is one of the dirtiest new fossil fuel projects currently planned in Australia – on track to release as much pollution as 20,000 flights around the world every day, for the next 25 years.
Scarborough will mine the seafloor 300 kilometres from the coast of Western Australia, and in dangerously deep water. The fossil gas will be mechanically drilled from depths which are more than 900 metres below sea level.
This mining will disrupt delicate marine habitats, endanger whale migration paths and involve building a pipeline through the protected Montebello Marine Park, harming dolphins, turtles, sharks, rays, and sea snakes.
Once the fossil fuel gas has been drilled out of the sea floor it will be piped through ecologically important marine habitats to Murujuga, where emissions from its processing will increase air acidity and lead to the damage of 40,000 year old Aboriginal rock art.
But Scarborough is only the first phase of Woodside’s massive offshore gas mining scheme, the Burrup Hub. They plan to expand the underwater mining even further into the Browse Basin, where they will mine the unique Scott Reef, which supports ecosystems not found anywhere else on earth.
Woodside’s plan to mine in and around Scott Reef would threaten a critical sanctuary for nesting sea turtles, pygmy blue whales, and the extremely rare dwarf sperm whale, huge pods of dolphins and other species of endangered marine life.