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Wheatstone LNG Project Given Environmental Approval

The Australian Environmental Protection Authority has announced that it will levy strict oversight around the Wheatstone LNG project at Onslow, Western Australia, after approving the project. The AU$30 billion project is 73 percent owned by Chevron, who is the operator of the project. Approximately 48 million cubic meters (62.7 million cubic yards) will be dredged in the coming years. Conservationists have opposed the project, saying that the controls are not enough to protect threatened species such as whales and turtles. The EPA's recommendations will be referred to the Environment Minister who has the final say, and the report is subject to a two-week public appeal, which ends on June 29.

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