Saturday, October 30, 2010

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LNG will cause massive expansion in greenhouse gas emissions

Media Release | Spokesperson Scott Ludlam

Wednesday 27th October 2010, 4:10pm

The Australian Greens say that all new highly polluting liquefied natural gas projects must be forced to sequester their greenhouse gas emissions, as new figures reveal a massive expansion in Australian greenhouse gas emissions within six years if all proposed new LNG projects go ahead.

After raising the issue in Senate Question Time today (WED 27/10), Western Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam dismissed the Government’s vague acknowledgement of the massive blowout.

“Most people would be horrified if they knew that rather than curbing our greenhouse gas emissions, new projects being promoted by the WA and Federal governments will cause Western Australia’s total emissions to double – and add significantly to our national emissions profile,” Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said.

“WA’s annual greenhouse gas emissions are around 80mtpa now; if all the new gas and coal projects proposed in WA go ahead, by 2016, WA will emit more than double that each year.

“About 60mtpa extra emissions will come from major new gas developments targeting the liquefied natural gas export market, including Browse Basin, proposed to be processed at James Price Point in the Kimberley.

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The proposed James Price Point hub, to process Browse gas, will alone emit an extraordinary 32 million tonnes a year of greenhouse gases – equivalent to five per cent of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions now, or all of New Zealand’s total annual greenhouse gas emissions,” Senator Ludlam said.

“The companies behind these gas projects claim that gas is a clean energy, but they don’t talk about the massive emissions that are caused when gas from high-CO2 gas fields is processed and that CO2 is stripped out and vented to the atmosphere,” Senator Ludlam continued.

“Much attention has been given to plans to geo-sequester CO2 from the Gorgon venture into the rock beneath Barrow Island – yet less than 40 per cent of Gorgon’s annual greenhouse gas emissions is proposed to be sequestered.

“Worse, under an appalling arrangement quietly signed off by the Federal Government and Premier Barnett in August 2009, Federal and State and taxpayers have been made liable for the potential multi-billion dollar cost if the CO2 leaks out.

“Geo-sequestration has not been proven to be achievable, safe or cost-effective.

“The Greens say that all new polluting coal and gas projects must not go ahead until carbon capture and storage is proven to be effective and safe and can therefore be made a binding condition on projects going ahead. In addition, the owners of these projects, not taxpayers, must be made legally liable for any future pollution costs should the CO2 leak.”



  2. This emissions thing is such a nuisance.People like to talk about things like worlds biggest polluting gas hub,childhood Luekemia,tumors and dementia,like they have in heavy pollution areas of China.But the technical people over at the KLC,(the Traditional Owner Technical Group),who would have us believe everything Woodside want us to,don't want to talk about the pesky polluting emissions.So tightly have they wound the blindfold around their collective heads,any attempt to remove it is dealt with by a "walk out" attitude.Under no circumstances may this blindfold be tinkered with for any reason!They must only see bright shiney stuff,like money.For the T.O.T.G. ignorance is truly bliss.Oh,and while all the people are dying don't dare ask them for any of their dirty blood gas money!'Cos they won't talk to you about that either.And don't ask them for help if you can't start your lawn mower,'cos they couldn't figure it out.Let alone figure out a monstrous polluting worlds biggest gas hub.But then as we know over at the KLC,what makes for bliss?

  3. mister tiny tears and his,"with a clear mind and a heavy heart",has a lot of explaining to do."it is with a clear mind and a heavy heart that i sentence generations of dampier peninsular residents to horrible deaths.but my wallet will feel better".NO QUESTIONS WILL BE TAKEN ON THE MATTER.SUBJECT CLOSED.