Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Fight to stop gas project targets Woodside partners

Fight to stop gas project targets Woodside partners

Woodside's partners know there's a fight coming and would prefer less contentious alternatives such as piping the Browse gas down to Karratha for liquefaction, or floating platforms offshore.

Timing is critical but the Browse project is getting bogged down - especially among a divided indigenous community.

From a distance, the politics are not clear. It seems to boil down to this: was the May vote, won 168-108 by the pro-gas members of the Aboriginal community, supporting the Kimberley Land Council, fair and valid?

The vote was carried under the threat of compulsory acquisition of the gas hub site at James Price Point by the WA government.

If the compulsory acquisition process itself was flawed, as the WA Supreme Court may decide later this month, it's back to square one.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/fight-to-stop-gas-project-targets-woodside-partners-20110930-1l1ih.html#ixzz1ZnLDp3PP

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