Woodside Petroleum has brushed off claims of protesters at its proposed gas hub at James Price Point that scientists surveying dinosaur footprints were there to destroy them.
The company said renowned palaeontologist Richard McCrea was leading a survey this week of its proposed port and pipeline corridor to satisfy one of 29 environmental conditions.
But the Broome Community No Gas Campaign claimed six scientists and six Woodside security personnel entered a culturally sensitive area without clearance from traditional owners. Traditional owners and local people said they approached peacefully to ask about the work when security personnel responded aggressively and tried to damage a camera.
Campaign and Goolarabooloo community member Phillip Roe said it was feared Woodside might seek to remove or damage a dinosaur trackway and what was possibly the world's biggest dinosaur footprint.
He said the Woodside workers had no right to be in the area.But Woodside said it had all necessary consents for the survey and conducted all activities under the supervision of traditional owner monitors.