Thursday, September 1, 2011

Woodside’s hostile security force at James Price Point intimidating dinosaur scientists and reocording GPS locations

Broome gas talk: Geoff Hutchison discusses Kimberley LNG at James Price Point - ABC Kimberley WA - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Geoff Hutchison broadcasts from Broome to get an intimate understanding of the big issue affecting the North West. Woodside Petroleum are investigating the commercial viability of what would be Australia's largest gas processing facility. Environmentalists and community activists have opposed the plans, while Native Title claimants have signed a deal with Woodside and the State Government which would allow construction on their traditional land.

Geoff discusses this issue with Neigel Grazia from Woodside, Gail McGowan from the Department of State Development, and concerned Broome resident, Nik Wevers, as well as taking questions from the crowd assembled at the Broome Visitor Centre.

On Tuesday, word had spread quickly that members of Woodside’s hostile security force were on the inter-tidal reefs at James Price Point following, intimidating, filming, taking GPS readings and disrupting the scientists undertaking a community based survey of the dinosaur tracks, on the eve of National Heritage listing.

A phone call was made to the Department of Environment Conservation who informed us that we had to contact the Department of State Development. Customs and the police were also notified and immediate assistance was requested.

Phillip Roe, traditional Goolarabooloo confronted the hostiles on the beach where they were told to leave the area immediately. Meanwhile, Joseph Roe and some other protectors located their support vehicles parked up at James Price Point, where they were questioned by Joseph about why they were there without any of the necessary paper work, or authority and why they had no traditional owners accompanying them. When some of the hostiles tried to leave the scene of the crime, they were placed under citizen arrest for the theft of cultural intellectual property rights.

However, when police arrived they had little too no interest in what Woodside hostiles had done and honed straight into the person who rang them in the first place. Even though the protectors were able to convince the police to search their bags, they were allowed to leave with all the GPS recordings and footage.

The person who originally called the police for assistance was the only one who was penalised with a move on and an infringement notice, costing her $200 for her efforts to protect nationally significant sites that have world heritage values.

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