Friday, July 20, 2012

EPA Report, a unscrupulous process with predetermined caustic outcomes for James Price Point.

Here is the shameful EPA gas hub report:

Appeals are now open until Monday 30 July.

Everyone can & should and can make an appeal. Include a request that the Appeals  Convenor travel to Broome to take submissions.


  1. Great to hear ABC 7 o'clock TV news report that the gas hub at JPP is now unlikely to go ahead.
    Also Geoffrey Cousins speaking on ABC 7.30 WA.

    Read this and the high CO2 content of Browse is really scary shit:

    That followed the warmest May on record for the Northern Hemisphere – the 327th consecutive month in which the temperature of the entire globe exceeded the 20th-century average, the odds of which occurring by simple chance were 3.7 x 10-99, a number considerably larger than the number of stars in the universe.


    Think of two degrees Celsius as the legal drinking limit – equivalent to the 0.08 blood-alcohol level below which you might get away with driving home. The 565 gigatons is how many drinks you could have and still stay below that limit – the six beers, say, you might consume in an evening. And the 2,795 gigatons? That's the three 12-packs the fossil-fuel industry has on the table, already opened and ready to pour.

    We have five times as much oil and coal and gas on the books as climate scientists think is safe to burn. We'd have to keep 80 percent of those reserves locked away underground to avoid that fate. Before we knew those numbers, our fate had been likely. Now, barring some massive intervention, it seems certain.

    Yes, this coal and gas and oil is still technically in the soil. But it's already economically aboveground – it's figured into share prices, companies are borrowing money against it, nations are basing their budgets on the presumed returns from their patrimony. It explains why the big fossil-fuel companies have fought so hard to prevent the regulation of carbon dioxide – those reserves are their primary asset, the holding that gives their companies their value. It's why they've worked so hard these past years to figure out how to unlock the oil in Canada's tar sands, or how to drill miles beneath the sea, or how to frack the Appalachians.

    A really scary read,top Rolling Stone article.

  2. Chinese investors get burnt again:

    $2bn hit for China's WA iron ore mine, as costs triple

    THE cost of building China Inc's first iron ore mine in Australia has blown out to a staggering $US8 billion ($7.7bn) -- more than triple the original $US2.5bn budget -- but the developer says the disastrous project will finally enter production within weeks.

    The Sino Iron project in the Pilbara, China's largest investment in the Australian mining sector, is touted as the biggest magnetite project in the world.

    A growing number of analysts are suggesting a Broome hub may no longer be the most commercially viable option even as the joint venture partners themselves cannot agree on where to build it.

    They estimate it's already 15 billion dollars more expensive to build a new facility at James Price Point than it would be to pipe the gas down to the existing lng facilities in the Pilbara," said Peter Robertson from the Wilderness Society.

    It is one of a growing number of investor reports foreshadowing challenging times ahead for Woodside.

    The company already delayed a final investment decision from the middle of this year to the middle of next year and the Citi report says getting the go-ahead in that timeframe is still unlikely.

    The anti gas hub movement is gathering momentum most recently gaining the support of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and high profile businessman Geoffrey Cousins.

    The Pilbara,is it just a dump?

    Pilbara call for fly-in miners to pay their way
    FIONA White-Hartig knows most Australians would find it hard to believe that, amid unprecedented prosperity, the towns and shires of Western Australia's booming Pilbara are struggling.

    As more countries vie for the workers to build their mines and oil and gas plants WA finds itself the least liked option.
    Too expensive,too hot and too dull.