James Price Point marine mammal studies slammed
Whilst Woodside and the Department of State Development are trying to downplay the impact the proposed James Price Point gas hub will have on marine mammals, a team of independent scientists from Murdoch University took a clear-eyed look into the likely impacts on the whales, dolphins and dugongs. What they found was alarming.
“In general, we find the (Department of State Development’s Marine Mammals Impact Report) report lacks the referencing of peer-reviewed, readily available scientific papers that deal with impacts of human activity on cetaceans and dugongs. This shortcoming means we have very little confidence in the scientific integrity of the report and this is evidenced by the unfounded conclusions reached within”, said the scientists.