Friday, July 22, 2011

Kimberley too precious to turn into an industrial site



22 July 2011

Kimberley too precious to turn into an industrial site

The Australian Conservation Foundation has expressed serious concern about large scale land clearing at James Price Point, 20km north of Broome, prior to final Federal government approval of a controversial gas hub at the site.

Land clearing should not be going ahead prior to a rigorous state and federal government environmental impact assessment process, said the Australian Conservation Foundation Kimberley Project Officer Wade Freeman.

“ACF is concerned this project may damage invaluable dinosaur footprints along the coastline.

“It is premature for Woodside to be clearing land, as well as moving offshore jack-up (ocean drilling) rigs to James Price Point, before federal government approval.

“The Federal Environment Minister should intervene to put an immediate halt to this premature development at James Price Point and make sure the right and proper processes are followed.

“The natural and cultural values of the Kimberley are simply too great for major industrialisation and all the impacts that will flow from it for the Kimberley region. There should be a renewed effort to find appropriate alternative sites for processing the gas outside the Kimberley.”

For more information please contact:

Wade Freeman - 0437 107 605

James Norman - 0415248768

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