Photo taken Monday, 14 May 2012 on the road to James Price Point. Photo by Damian Kelly
BROWSE GAS PROPOSAL SINKS TO NEW LOW
More than 150 police were deployed at James Price Point this morning to escort Woodside equipment to the site of investigations for a gas hub.
The WA Police public order response group were flown into Broome over the weekend under orders from the Premier, such is the massive opposition to the project.
About 30 community members silently watched the police and Woodside contractors as they drove past an information bay on the corner of Manari Road about 25km from Broome.
“The Premier obviously has huge concerns about the strength of opposition to this proposal in Broome. He’s obviously extremely desperate to avoid any protests and will go to any lengths including spending hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayers money on sending riot police to Broome,” said Environs Kimberley Director Martin Pritchard.
“This project’s viability has sunk to new lows and the companies involved like BHP, Shell, Chevron and Mitsubushi-Mitsui need to state if they condone this type of anti-community sentiment coming from the Premier,” Mr Pritchard.
“It’s also time for Woodside to make a decision on the viability of a gas hub in the Kimberley instead of leaving the Broome community hanging. Industry experts have stated its $10 billion cheaper to pipe to the Pilbara, why ruin the Kimberley coast if that is the case?”.
Photos of public order response group at Manari Road available on request
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