Protesters have blocked access to Woodside’s Burrup Hub and a host of other critical resources infrastructure in the Pilbara in protest of the WA company’s green-lighting of the Scarborough gas development. Three people in the early hours of Wednesday morning illegally parked a car and trailer across Burrup Road and locked themselves to the blockade, preventing road access to Woodside’s Karratha Gas Plant and Pluto LNG facilities, Yara’s fertiliser and ammonia plants, the Port of Dampier and several offshore support companies operating from King Bay. A Woodside spokesperson said the protesters were endangering safety of workers who were finishing up night shifts. “Overnight, protesters took action that compromises the safety of people who are completing shifts at Woodside and other facilities on the Burrup Peninsula,” they said. “Our teams are currently maintaining safe operations at our facilities while access to and from our sites and others, is rectified. “Woodside respects people’s rights to protest peacefully and lawfully but actions such as these that endanger the safety of others go beyond those rights.” It comes after Woodside on Tuesday announced it would press ahead with the $16.5bn Scarborough gas project, which will pipe gas from 375km off the North West coast to the company’s Burrup Hub. Woodside said the project would create 3200 construction job and produce first gas in 2026. WA Premier Mark McGowan said the project would help power-hungry nations reduce their reliance on coal. “It will have greenhouse gas abatement program as part of it to offset large amounts of emissions but, importantly, gas is a much lower emission intensive fuel than coal,” he said. “I understand the concerns and I share many of the concerns, in fact, I share all the concerns about greenhouse gases. “If you ever go to China or Japan or Europe or America, or India you’ll know that coal burning is a big problem.” But the project has drawn immediate fire from conservationists who have vowed to lead a strong campaign against the project which they say will pump 1.69 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and damage nearby rock art which is subject to a World Heritage push. “At a time when the world is facing up to the dire need to reduce emissions and prevent irreversible damage to our climate, this project is an insult to ordinary Australians who will bear the brunt of future extreme weather events and climate disasters caused by developments like Scarborough,” Conservation Council of WA executive director Maggie Wood said. Two women and a man will attempt to maintain their Burrup blockade for as long as possible today to disrupt industry. Police have blocked the road at the turn off from the highway. One protestor, 23-year-old student teacher Caleb, last name not supplied, is locked to concrete under a Subaru Forrester “I have no choice but to shut down the WA gas industry to blow the whistle on Woodside and make sure everyone knows about Scarborough Gas,” he said in a statement released by protestors on Wednesday morning. “The petroleum industry is the smallest employer in WA of any sector. “I am here this morning in solidarity with workers who demand a just transition to sustainable energy but we don't need gas for our economy.” Caleb warned there were “many others to take his place” should he be hauled away. Woodside chief executive Meg O’Neill on Tuesday said the gas field had a very low carbon content and the company must think of customers who want to use LNG as a transition fuel.