Friday, May 11, 2012

Police permanently at Woodside Petroleum Browse gas hub | The Australian

Police permanently at Woodside Petroleum Browse gas hub | The Australian: Many local protesters, including elderly indigenous people, were last year hauled away by police and locked up, Mr Klatovsky said.

Opposition Leader Mark McGowan last week accused Premier Colin Barnett of "Soviet-style interventionism" because the Liberal leader insisted on James Price Point being the site for the project.

Those against the project being situated at James Price Point, including the Greens, had repeatedly called for Browse Basin gas to be piped to the south to Woodside's existing North West Shelf facilities in the Pilbara region.

Mr Klatovsky appealed to the project's joint venture partners Shell, Chevron, BHP Billiton, BP, Mitsubishi and Mitsui to speak out against "any rash and anti-democratic actions" taken against protesters.

"Do these companies want to be forever remembered by images of police dragging local community members into paddy wagons?" he said.

The ABC Radio report also said the local council was under pressure to tear down illegal structures at the protest camp

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