In a statement issued on Wednesday, a Woodside spokeswoman said “the safety of our people and operations is Woodside’s highest priority”.
“Overnight, protesters took action that compromises the safety of people who are completing shifts at Woodside and other facilities on the Burrup Peninsula,” she said.
“Woodside respects people’s rights to protest peacefully and lawfully but actions such as these that endanger the safety of others goes beyond those rights.”
Protesters Petrina and Elizabeth, who locked themselves to a barrel of concrete inside the caravan blocking the road to the Burrup Peninsula on Wednesday alongside 23-year-old Caleb, who locked himself to concrete under the car, were all arrested and charged by police.
All three are members of the Scarborough Gas Action Alliance and were charged with failing to obey an order given by an officer, obstructing public officers and unreasonably obstructing or preventing the free passage on a path or carriageway.
Caleb was released on bail on Wednesday and will appear in court again on December 8. Petrina and Elizabeth both appeared in Karratha Magistrates Court on Thursday.
Both also have bail to reappear on January 5. No pleas were entered.
WA Premier Mark McGowan has thrown his support behind the project, but has said he will keep an eye the on the court case unfolding surrounding a key portion of the project’s environmental approvals.
They are subject to a Supreme Court challenge by the Conservation Council of WA, which will be heard on December 20.