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The Chevron-operated Gorgon project has been recommended for approval by the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority has recommended approval for an expansion.

Chevron submitted an application to increase the footprint of the Gorgon gas development on Barrow Island.

This expansion  includes the clearing of an extra 80 acres of land.

The EPA recommended the proposal for approval on Monday morning, while also recommending additional conditions to offset potential impacts on protected local fauna.

EPA chairman Paul Vogel stated the proposal was assessed in terms of the original conditions of development.

“The EPA’s assessment was an opportunity to re-examine the established management plans and the measures the proponent has taken to avoid, minimize and rectify impacts to flora, vegetation and fauna including selecting a site that avoided Boodie warrens and raptor nests.”

The EPA’s report is now open for a two-week public appeal period, the period will end January 20.

The results of the appeals period will  be delivered to the Appeals Convenor, then to the Minister for Environment Albert Jacob.

Jacob will make the final decision on the proposed expansion.