EPA recommendations rejected by Broome community
16 July 2012
* EPA's recommends construction of gas hub at James Price Point
* The decision, the largest in their history, was made without a quorum
* Broome community rejects process and questions lack of scientific rigor
The Broome Community No Gas campaign today slammed the Environment Protection Authorities report recommending approval for the LNG gas precinct at James Price Point.
The EPA report, released earlier today, recommends that Woodside's $45 billion project is approved at the James Price Point location.
The Broome Community No Gas Campaign says that the State government is so determined to see this project go ahead that they are misusing the EPA process by allowing one person to make a decision about this project instead of the 3 people required by law.
"This decision is not an EPA decision, it's the personal opinion of one person" said Nik Wevers of the Broome Community No Gas Campaign "The Broome community has no faith in the veracity of this report. The EPA’s own rules state that 3 board members are required for a quorum, and this is the largest decision in their history, yet it has been made by just one man"
Two weeks ago it was revealed that four out of the five members on the EPA board had a conflict of interest, leaving only one board member to make a decision about the project.
"By allowing the EPA report to hinge on the opinion of one person not only shows the a complete lack transparency and integrity in the decision making process, but also the desperation of the State Government to force this project on the Broome community irrespective of the fact that the proper process has not been followed”
The group called into question the science behind the EPA assessment. "Given that this report hinges on science you would expect to see a rigorous peer review process yet the EPA has failed to put any such process in place, instead the EPA are accepting the non peer reviewed science of the Woodside funded research"
For further comment from the Broome Community No Gas campaign, please contact Nik Wevers on 0417 998 598
Kimberley gas hub gets nod from EPA
THE controversial Kimberley gas hub has been given a "strict conditional" go-ahead from Western Australia's environmental watchdog.
Woodside gas hub condition 'unworkable'
Dinosaur footprints run the entire length of the Dampier Peninsula so Woodside's Browse gas hub won't be able to avoid them, the WA Greens say. ... The state's Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) on Monday recommended that WA environment minister ...
EPA ticks Woodside's James Price Point LNG hub
Dr Vogel announced that he alone had made the decision to recommend conditional approval for the Browse Liquefied Natural Gas precinct in the Kimberley, the largest and most complex in the 40-year history of the EPA. He did so after four board members ...
Browse project gets environmental green light
Sydney Morning Herald
The Environmental Protection Authority has recommended a $35 billion gas hub in the Kimberley be approved with strict conditions. The Browse liquified natural gas project at James Price Point, near Broome, should go ahead with 29 conditions and offsets ...
The EPA has released its recommendation on the proposed Browse LNG development at James Price Point.
The EPA's recommendation is open for appeal for just 14 days. You may wish to lodge your own appeal on a few of the issues which you consider have not been adequately addressed. Anyone can lodge an appeal.
You can see the EPA's recommendation here:
This extraordinarily complex decision has been made by just one man. And almost none of the information supporting the decision has been peer reviewed.
It is very easy to lodge an appeal. The appeal must:
be in writing;
clearly identify the matter or decision being appealed;
accompanied by a cheque for $10 made out to the "Appeals Convenor"
be signed by the appellant; be lodged within 14 days be sent to the Minister for the Environment c/- Office of the Appeals Convenor
Level 22 Forrest Centre
221 St George's Terrace
PERTH WA 6000
Tel: (08) 6467 5190
Fax: (08) 6467 5199
The Appeals Convenor is likely to consult with all of the appellants during the course of the appeal and may provide the appellants with an opportunity to adduce evidence at a joint meeting.
Just go to: http://portal.appealsconvenor.wa.gov.au/portal/page?_pageid=1258,5507317&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL for more information and to download the appeal form.
The appeals process is an important opportunity for your voice to be heard.
You may also wish to have a look at the EPA's media statement