By James McGrath
A KEY part of the $20.4 billion QCLNG plant's funding has been challenged by environmentalists who say the plant is putting sea turtles, dugongs and other marine life at risk.
The group has already launched a lawsuit over $3 billion in funding for the APLNG project provided by the US Export-Import bank, but is now targeting the second plant's $1.8 billion funding from the bank.
Pacific Environment spokesman Doug Norlen said the suit would be historic, as it challenged whether its Endangered Species Act applied to US actions taken outside of US borders.
"Ex-Im Bank has a long history of committing billions of dollars in public financing to environmentally destructive projects abroad," he said.
"But funding two devastating fossil fuel projects in a world heritage area? It's a new low."
The case rests on the environmentalists' claims that the US investments in the projects at Curtis Island, Gladstone may breach American environmental obligations.
Among the complaints were that the government-owned bank ignored the effect the investments may have on the World Heritage Area and endangered or listed species.
Center for Biological Diversity international program director Sarah Uhlemann said the US Government "shouldn't be subsidising the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef". More....