Monday, May 23, 2011

Main Roads WA have cleared 19km of bushland to James Price Point


Main Roads WA have cleared 19km of bushland to James Price Point, site of proposed Woodside,Shell, BP, BHP and Chevron gas refineries for the Browse Basin project.

The proposed road has been referred to the Federal Government for environmental assessment (see link below) but no decision has been announced by Environment Minister Tony Burke.

Environs Kimberley Director Martin Pritchard said:

"It looks like Main Roads have barrelled through prime Bilby habitat without getting approval from Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke."

"The taxpayer is effectively paying for a road through endangered species habitat to a project that hasn't been approved yet. This is a clear abuse of process, not waiting for an environmental assessment, as well as an abuse of taxpayer dollars." Mr Pritchard said.

"What's the point of asking the Federal Minister for the Environment for approval to clear land on the Kimberley coast if you're just going to go ahead and do it anyway?"

"We're calling on the Federal Minister for the Environment Tony Burke to step in and use his powers to make sure threatened species and other matters of national environmental significance are protected. Main Roads WA should be fined if they have breached the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act 1999) such as happened in other cases recently." (see below for link to fines for unauthorised clearing)

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Martin Pritchard 0427 548 075

Link to referral by Main Roads WA proposed road to James Price Point:

Title of Referral: Main Roads Western Australia/Transport - land/James Price Point, 60km north of Broome/WA/Construction of a 43km long sealed access road to the Browse LNG precinct
Date Received: 21 Feb 2011 Reference Number: 2011/5852

Links to cases of unauthorised clearing:

1 comment:

  1. Watching is more dangerous to whales than gas hubs massive ships and 7 klm breakwaters!
    ABC news,"Authorities step up watch on whale watchers".
    Yep,Burke is right on it!