Thursday, May 19, 2011

Woodside's world's best practice in action James Price Point

According to the Work Program Clearance Notice under the Heritage Protection Agreement for the Browse LNG Precinct: Front End Engineering Design (FEED) Surveys
WEL Ref: #5719624 Date: July 2010, Status: Final Work Program Clearance Notice Under the Heritage Protection Agreement for the LNG Precinct: Browse LNG Development, FEED Surveys
4.4.2 Hydrogeoiogical Investigation Program
Should the data from the first bore indicate that the water is of suitable quality and quantity, up to two additional bore holes will be drilled on the same drill pad, and up to six monitoring bores will be drilled, three on each of the outer drill pads, to a maximum depth of approximately 1600 m.

This will result in three bores that allow pump testing and monitoring of the Broome Sandstone Aquifer, three bores that allow pump testing and monitoring of the deeper Wallal Aquifer, and three pores that allow monitoring of the deepest Grant Group Aquifer.

Drilling fluids will be recycled during drilling operations (where possible) and drill fluid that cannot be re-used will be recovered and disposed of appropriately offsite. Drill "Cuttings will also be disposed of appropriately off-site.

Approximately 15,000 - 20,000 L of water is estimated to be required per day during the drilling operations. This water will be supplied with water from the Broome Sandstone Aquifer extracted from the geotechnical survey extraction bores or the hydrogeological bores from this hydrogeological investigation (total water volume for all uses is estimated to be 5,000-10,000 kL, equivalent to the water stored in approximately 2 - 4 olympic size swimming pools).

Supplementary water will be accessed from the Water Corporation's Broome Standpipe and trucked to site"

The entire poisonous residue including all drilling chemicals from the last eight (8) days of drilling on the Manari Road, near James Price Point was shoveled, raked, scrapped, poured and channeled directly back into drill hole. The first drill hole has been completed, and this morning the drill rig was moved onto the next drilling location, to the north.
Activists have taken soil samples for testing.

The Monsoonal Vine Thickets(remnant rainforest) that you can see in the foreground of this footage is totally reliant on these precious Aquifers. Already these ecology threaten communities and our water is being poisoned and compromised.


  1. HOLY ..... I am in tears I cant breathe at these latest images,the desecration my heart pumping my feelings,ohhhhh, How dangerous for those guys in poison and mud, how dangerous for oursacred water and our community health, a wee 30kms out of town.We must scream to be heard and stop this immediately.A most SHOCKING turn of events on a shire gazetted rroad and more, a road that tthe shire layed the red carpet out for the hostile woodside. shocking for country and its real countrymen. This looks totally unethical unsafe and destruction and greed at its worst.Awesome on the ground all those bush people letting the light shine and true transparency prevail.

  2. The sides of the drill holes falling in reminded me of something I had read re pindan being an unstable foundation for heavy structures.Went on to say they needed to remove the pindan to a good depth and replace it with rocks and sand to provide the required firm footing.
    This along with the very soft sea floor makes me wonder how much extra mess they will have to make to get solid foundations at this site.