Monday, September 10, 2012

Greens challenge Woodside project process | Herald Sun

Greens challenge Woodside project process | Herald Sun:
During Senate question time on Monday, Australian Greens senator Christine Milne asked the government if it had confidence in the WA assessment process.

She cited weekend media reports, which said Woodside had pressured the state government to withdraw advice about breaches of Aboriginal heritage laws.

Labor frontbencher Stephen Conroy, representing Environment Minister Tony Burke, said Mr Burke would not be making any decision at the federal level until all the state issues were appropriately investigated.



    While work would continue on its Pilbara project, Roy Hill had pushed back giving a final go-ahead on non-essential works contracts and would restrict spending as it appeared unlikely debt funding would be in place by the end of this year.

    The delays to securing the debt, now expected to be closed by the end of the first quarter next year, could push back the first shipment of ore from the 55 million tonne per year mine until mid-2015.

    _WestBusiness _understands the banking consortium is more concerned about cost pressures in the Pilbara than a weak iron ore price.

  2. So they can move when they want to.

    THE super-trawler Abel Tasman will be banned from fishing in Australian waters until questions over its environmental impact can be resolved.

    The Australian understands legal changes to be proposed today by Environment Minister Tony Burke and Fisheries Minister Joe Ludwig would prevent the 142-metre vessel fishing Australian waters for at least two years.

    Earlier, cabinet minister Craig Emerson said existing legislation had not contemplated vessels of the size of the controversial trawler, formerly named the Margiris, which critics have accused of being involved in overfishing in other parts of the world.

    There have also been concerns about the vessel's bycatch - the fish, mammals or birds caught unintentionally.

    “There wasn't contemplation of a vessel of this size and therefore the current legislation may not be up to date in terms of dealing with a vessel of this size,” Dr Emerson told Sky News.