Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Protection measures from Minister won't go far: JPP - ABC Kimberley WA - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Protection measures from Minister won't go far: JPP - ABC Kimberley WA - Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

Dr Steve Salisbury, from University of Queensland, says the research report the Environmental Protection Authority used was inadequate, as did the authors themselves since the fossil experts had too little time to assess the area.

Dr Salisbury, who showed ABC TV's Catalyst program the trackways, says some of the most signficant prints are within the precinct site and will be destroyed, while those 900 metres away will most likely be buried by sand.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Woodside signs deal with Japan Bank |

Woodside signs deal with Japan Bank |

 "Under the agreement Woodside and JBIC will hold periodic discussions relating to Woodside's future LNG developments and JBIC will consider providing financial support for those potential developments as well as creating opportunities for Japanese companies to participate in Woodside's future LNG developments," the company said.

Japan Bank for International Cooperation states on their web site: (JBIC) has made a new start as a policy financing institution wholly owned by the Japanese government. JBIC provides policy-based finance with a mission to contribute to the sound development of Japan and the international economy and society.

Everyone should be encourage to write to this company and inform them that any movement to finance Woodside proposed development at JJP,  Walmadan will be a great waste of money given the fact that IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN. 



Minister endorses EPA appeals process on JPP - ABC Kimberley WA - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Minister endorses EPA appeals process on JPP - ABC Kimberley WA - Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

Dinosaur tracks in gas plant's path "will go"
after 130 million years..."THEY WILL ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO GO"

WA Environment Minister confirms destruction of National Heritage listed dinosaur trackways by the proposed gas hub at James Price Point (transcript, ABC radio, Broome 30 Oct)...

Vanessa Mills, ABC Kimberley: But what about the footprints that will be damaged in construction of the precinct?

Bill Marmion, WA Environment Minister: "Well, they, they, that’s a...they will go. That, that, that’s, that was a determination by the EPA, and obviously that’s been, there were some proponents, sorry, appellants that, that obviously objected to that and that’s been dismissed".

Vanessa Mills, ABC Kimberley: So those footprints that are in the path of the precinct will actually have to be destroyed, there’s not going to be an effort to move them or protect them in any way?

Bill Marmion, WA Environment Minister: Well, I don’t know if, I don’t know if, if, if they can be moved, but I mean obviously that is something that could be considered, but where the, where the um site’s going, that’s, that’s unfortunately, that’s where some of the footprints are, so they will, they will, they will absolutely have to go.

How can this Barnett yes minister say this when these track sites are all Nationally Heritage Listed.

Conservation and local community groups reject Minister's decision on James Price Point Appeals

Conservation and Broome community groups have described as ‘pathetic and irresponsible’ Minister Marmion's decision on appeals against the EPA's assessment of the James Price Point gas hub.

Peter Robertson, WA State Coordinator for the Wilderness Society said, "All Environment Minister Marmion is doing by allowing the EPA's sham assessment to stand (with some additional conditions) is make it increasingly necessary for the Federal Environment Minister to reject the failed WA assessment and require substantial new studies to be conducted prior to any decision on Commonwealth approval.

“This is the perfect example of why the Federal government should not hand over approval powers to the states, because they can't be trusted.”

Martin Pritchard, Director of Environs Kimberley, said, "A record number of appeals were submitted against the EPA's report and recommendations, in response to which Minister Marmion appointed ex-deputy Chair of the EPA, Dr Roy Green, as the 'Appeals Committee' to assess the appeals.

“Let’s face it the State Environment Minister was never going to say that the proposal was environmentally unacceptable. He would have been committing political suicide if he did because the Premier, who is also the Minister for State Development, is the proponent for the project. This is purely a political decision, it’s not a decision based on science,” said Mr Pritchard.

In summary, conservation groups make the following points:
  • The Minister's acceptance of the need for more studies on the project's impacts on whales, dolphins, dugongs, turtles and sawfish simply proves that the EPA assessment was based on inadequate information and no approval should be considered until all these studies have been completed;
  • The growing number of 'strict conditions' proposed to be applied to the project won’t prevent its major, irreversible and unacceptable impacts and in fact only demonstrate that this is the wrong project in the wrong place;
  • There are now at least 29 major condition 'headings' with a total of over 160 separate conditions (a further ~17 have now been added to what the EPA proposed);
  • Dr Green told appellants during meetings that he could not recommend rejection of the EPA’s advice and call for a new, credible assessment, because to do so would be "futile - the Minister would ignore me";
  • This is significant as Dr Green also told appellants in meetings that if he lived in Broome he'd oppose the project too;
  • Conservation groups will ascertain how many of the 15 appeal grounds that were "allowed" by the Minister were appeals from Woodside or the Department of State Development seeking to weaken the original conditions."
Broome Community No Gas Campaign spokesperson Nik Wevers expressed concern that the social impacts of the project have again been ignored by this appeal process, despite the fact that they underpinned many of the appeals lodged.   

Media Statements - Statements - EPA’s findings endorsed on Browse LNG

Media Statements - Statements - EPA’s findings endorsed on Browse LNG:

 “My next step is to consult with decision-making authorities and other agencies, including the ministers for Mines and Petroleum; Transport; Lands; and Indigenous Affairs, on whether they agree that this strategic proposal should proceed and, if so, what conditions will be set.”

061-304-12 Min Advice to Appellants FINAL 30Oct12

Monday, October 29, 2012

NOTE - because the comments below are taken from Hansard "Uncorrected Proof — Not to be Quoted", please do not take the quotes below as final quotes...coz Hansard may be altered]

As you may have noticed Parliament has been 'debating' the Premier's JPP Land Agreement Bill this week. In today's West Carole Martin's latest attack on 'greenies' is given prominent coverage. Interestingly, while reporting her strong criticism of gas hub opponents for allegedly using terms like "kaffir", there is no mention of her saying:

Nobody has the right to assault anybody in their workplace. Then, what happens? We get 100 police to go up there to protect these people who need to go to work, and what happens? The police are criticised. Everybody is criticised. Think about this: who was protecting those workers? The police. They were not there just to kick a mung bean; it was not about that. They were there to protect workers on their way to work.

Of course Ms Martin's speech was heavily and repeatedly praised by Colin Barnett, who demanded the 'politically correct' media cover her comments instead of just those Sydney-based greenies only interested in "frollicking whales and dinosaurs".

But neither Barnett nor the West mentioned the great speech made by retiring ALP Member for Pilbara Tom Stephens! Its worth reading in full but here are some excerpts.
Tom Stephens (ALP Member for Pilbara [and first CEO of KLC - 1978])

I have by and large stayed out of the issue as it has played out, but my natural inclination is to say that the Kimberley will be the poorer for the advancement of this particular project; in my view, it will be adversely affected. The presence of the resource industry in the Pilbara region, with its 12-hour shifts, its fly in, fly out roster and its way of doing business, is not conducive to family and community life. It focuses on shunting people from all over the state, the country and the globe, as Woodside has done for the last 30 years, rather than focusing on the needs of securing communities that can work, live and play in a region. That is what I fear and predict will happen if this project is advanced north of Broome. I have seen the penetration of the fluoro vest in the Pilbara region as though it were the uniform that people put on when they get up in the morning and take off when they slump back into bed at night, with no clothes for sport or for working in the garden. In fact, there are no gardens left in any houses in the Pilbara. There is hardly a sports club left. There is hardly any community life left. The resource sector has constructed itself in a way that is destructive of human existence in regions such as the Pilbara and, I predict, also in the Kimberley. Aboriginal people are not easily attracted to surrender their close connection to their partners, their family and their communities in order to take up jobs in the resource sector, with its 12-hour shifts that are hell-bent on largely fly in, fly out operations rather than building up real work opportunities for people who value their wives, partners, kids, families and communities. 
We cannot pass this bill, which talks about the hope and promise of development in the Kimberley, without
thinking of the missed opportunities that have occurred in the Pilbara.
I place on record that in the early 1980s
Woodside came to people like me and my party, in opposition and then in government, seeking and obtaining
our support for its developments in the Burrup, having given assurances and promises about Woodside’s
commitment to train and employ Indigenous people in that part of the world. Woodside said that it would
contribute to the protection of heritage sites and build cultural heritage facilities in places such as Roebourne. As
I look back over those 30 years, I see a trail of broken promises and a failure to deliver on commitments,

although recently Woodside has upped it a notch and focussed on the commitments that it made so many
decades ago now.
I look at the pressure for James Price Point to proceed that is being applied by the state
coalition government, the federal Labor government, the industry players that want it and the Kimberley Land
Council, which represents the majority decision of the title holders, in a context in which people may say that
they had a gun held to their head. There is a view that the James Price Point development will advance the
interests of the Indigenous peoples of that area. In my view, that is not a given; it is not guaranteed if the project
This bill will pass for all the reasons that have been described sensitively by members on this side of the house. I appreciate the sensitive way in which my colleagues have identified why the bill has their support. In another set of circumstances, I would love there to have been additional options on the table.

For me, this project should be delivering a pipeline into the Pilbara. The current conservation values and regional values of the Pilbara could not be any further adversely affected by this project than they have been to this point. The Kimberley region is a very special region. The future of the Kimberley would be better protected, in my view, by capturing all of the advantages that come from attracting people into that region to enjoy the natural environment and the wilderness environment of the Kimberley, without heavy industry of this sort, of which I fear this project is likely to be a major advance down that path.

I think members got the flavour of my remarks; that is, I am not trying to lift the temperature and provoke people into antagonism. I understand why a section of the community of Broome opposes a project like this. I have a lot of empathy for them. If the world was different, I would be voting in a different way [i.e. against the Premier's Bill].

Well said Tom!

Colin misleads again!
And of course Colin Barnett repeated his usual misrepresentation about the Land Agreement Bill itself. Once again he falsely stated that, "The bill establishes the Browse LNG precinct as the only site for LNG on the Kimberley coastline—that is important."

In fact, as later questions demonstrated, the Bill does not prevent other LNG projects along the Kimberley coast at all. Under this Bill, for example, gas from the Kimberley's onshore Canning Basin can be processed to LNG anywhere in the Kimberley.

Other interesting comments:

Barnett: this is a very clear exercise of self-determination by Aboriginal people.


I will give members an example of one of the things that really, really upset me. We have a once-a-year surf competition, and people come from everywhere. They surf between crocs and stuff, but they still come! These people come to Cable Beach for the surf competition; it is one trip that many people make from all over Australia. We get about 500 people; it is brilliant. What happens? The organisers of the Green mob decide they are going to put on a free concert, but they did not even have the respect to go to the shire and ask for a permit. They did not do that; if they had, they would have found that they could not have one because it would interfere with this one tournament that is run every year. How disrespectful is that? We get 500 visitors to our community once a year, and these people stuffed it up. Then they invited the community to come to a free concert and said, “Oh, these are all our supporters”! I mean, where did they come from? We get 10 000 people a week coming on holiday there—of course they want a free concert!

Fan Logan (ALP): Martin Ferguson should hang his head in shame. [For supporting floating LNG]

 Mr J.J.M. Bowler: It was that hatred that she [Martin] faced that led to her not standing at the next election.

[Martin] talked about the rich and famous who come to the Kimberley in a self-righteous way, as though only they care about the environment, only they care about whales or only they care about dinosaur footprints. Implicit in that is an attitude that we see all too often, particularly from people outside this state, and maybe from people living in the major cities—that somehow this state is a redneck environment, that we do not care about heritage, we do not care about the environment, and that we are somehow incapable of looking after an area like the Kimberley. I believe that the member for Kimberley made that point; I do not think I am putting words in her mouth.

I would suggest that the level of environmental assessment and standards for major projects in this state is world’s best, and it is about time we took some pride in that instead of letting people come over here and treat this state like a bunch of rednecks who do not know what they are doing. I doubt that there is a square kilometre of land in Australia that has been more carefully analysed in every respect than James Price Point.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Community call on Woodside to abandon drilling in sand dunes

Broome community members are calling on Woodside to abandon its plans to drill and excavate sand dunes as part of its investigation for port facilities for the proposed gas refineries at James Price Point.

The sand dunes and rare Monsoon Vine Thickets have been recommended for protection by the WA Environmental Protection Authority1 twice in the past twenty years because of their environmental significance and their cultural heritage values.

The WA Museum also recommended they be protected in 1989 because of their outstanding archaeological and cultural significance2.

Woodside need to read these previous recommendations for the protection of this area so they get an understanding of how sensitive and important they are environmentally and culturally,” said Broome Community No Gas Campaign spokesperson Nik Wevers.

Anyone who reads the government reports that recommended there be no disturbance to the west side of Manari Road will come to the conclusion that what Woodside is proposing is not acceptable. We are calling on them to abandon their clearing and drilling work in this area,” said Ms Wevers.

Such is the concern about Woodside’s plans that Community members have already begun mobilising to protest any destruction.

Many people in the community are concerned about Woodside’s plans and are organising to take action to protect the sand dunes. This coast is Broome’s backyard. It’s where people go to recharge after a hard working week in town, it’s not a place where we want to see drill rigs and excavators,” Ms Wevers said.

What we’re seeing is that the community who love that coast are saying they’re drawing a line in the sand and they’re going to stand up and be counted for this one,” Ms Wevers said.

Anyone who wants to help out should get in touch,” said Ms Wevers.
For further comment, please contact: Nik Wevers 0417 998 598

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Buru Energy

Buru Energy

Lateline - 23/10/2012: Kimberley to be next resource bonanza

Lateline - 23/10/2012: Kimberley to be next resource bonanza:

The Kimberley in the north west of Australia has some of the biggest gas, coal, uranium and bauxite reserves in the world and plans to carve it up are well under way but there are concerns that development will destroy the environment.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Woodside Petroleum invests in Burma oil and gas field | The Australian

Woodside Petroleum invests in Burma oil and gas field | The Australian:
Woodside said yesterday that it had bought a stake in the production sharing contract for block AD-7 in the Rakhine Basin, off the west coast of Burma, from South Korea's Daewoo International Corporation.

It said details of the deal were confidential.

Under the deal, Daewoo will remain the operator of the block.

Announcing the farm-in yesterday, Mr Coleman said the offer showed the company's commitment to securing international growth opportunities in frontier and emerging basins to leverage Woodside's core capabilities, especially in deepwater exploration

New State Govt CSG Policy Appalling: WIN News 12 Sep 2012 - YouTube

New State Govt CSG Policy Appalling: WIN News 12 Sep 2012 - YouTube:
In the wake of the NSW Government's Strategic Regional Land Use Policy release, WIN News talks to Jess Moore of Stop CSG Illawarra about Barry O'Farrell's broken promises and the upcoming protest on October 21 in Bulli.

It so good to understand that communities across Australia are starting to stand up for their future, their water, their environment and their community. 

The Great Barrier Reef is a national icon, a natural treasure and important for marine biodiversity. There is no place like it in the world. The iconic Great Barrier Reef is right on Queensland's doorstep and is a treasure that belongs to all Australians. But the Great Barrier Reef is under threat from many things, including climate change, ocean acidification and over-fishing. Now, the Great Barrier Reef is facing new threats from the Gas and oil industrialists: dredging, dumping and shipping.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Dinosaur prints spark row - The West Australian

Dinosaur prints spark row - The West Australian:

Woodside Petroleum has brushed off claims of protesters at its proposed gas hub at James Price Point that scientists surveying dinosaur footprints were there to destroy them.

A traditional owner confronts the survey workers. Picture: Damian Kelly
Mr McCrea said he had seen development and dinosaur prints co-exist, notably at open pit coal mines in western Alberta and in the north east and south east of British Columbia. "That's one of the things we are going to be taking a look at," he said. "There are certain cases I have experienced in which a development would have a huge negative impact on a (dinosaur) track site and for others it was negligible." Mr McCrea said, speaking generally, individual prints could be moved if they were found to be at risk from erosion or a development. A single trackway could also be moved, though it involved huge expense. But a site with multiple trackways was a different proposition, he said.

"These things can be as big as parking lots and it's just not feasible," he said. Mr McCrea said it was possible to make replicas which meant potentially losing the originals to the weather or the effects of the development that was nearby. "It's a difficult thing," he said.

Meanwhile, on the main highway entrance into Broome, the community continues to let their thoughts be known to Woodside.

On one side of the Banner states: Woodside destroying Community and on the other side, Woodside Destroying Culture.

Do you think Woodside's security vehicle, pictured here, noticed it?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Traditional Owner confronts Woodside workers chasing world’s largest dinosaur footprint

MEDIA RELEASE  18th October 2012

Traditional Owner confronts Woodside workers chasing world’s largest dinosaur footprint

Over the last two days a group consisting of 6 scientists and 6 Woodside security personnel have entered the culturally sensitive intertidal zone near James Price Point without clearance from Traditional Owners. The group was first seen yesterday at 3:30pm and again this morning around 5:30am.  They were searching for dinosaur trackways that are protected under the National Heritage Act, and are located within a registered Aboriginal Heritage Site.

Traditional owners alongside other community members approached peacefully to enquire why they were working on the west side of Manari Road, and the security forces responded aggressively, assaulting and attempting to destroy the camera of a community member.

Woodside representative then claimed the scientists were there on behalf of the Environmental Protection Authority. The EPA has since confirmed that this is not true. “They have no business being on country. Why are they lying about being there on behalf of the EPA – what have they got to hide?” questioned Goolarabooloo law boss Phillip Roe. On the back of the recent ABC Catalyst program that revealed what is possibly the world’s largest dinosaur footprint, there are grave concerns that Woodside are trying to determine the location of this culturally sensitive site – and may seek to remove or damage this dinosaur trackway of global significance.

The intertidal zone has National Heritage protection and Broome community members including traditional owners are concerned about damage to the trackways, the sensitive reef, and question the scientists’ intentions and why they are falsely claiming to represent the EPA.

Local dinosaur researcher Nigel Clarke said, “These trackways are globally significant and this entire area of coast has been granted protection by Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke - why didn’t they consult with leading palaeontologists who are experts in this area?”

“Why did they not consult with traditional custodians of the Song cycle that these trackways are part of?” asked Phillip Roe.


Goolarabooloo Law Boss Phillip Roe: 9192 4910, 
Paleontologist : Dr Steven Salisbury 0407 788 660

Richard T. McCrea was told last year, on a number of occasions by Senior Law Men that these track sites in and around Broome, Western Australia, hold great cultural significance for the Gooloarabooloo people. So why is he sneaking around, with the security force of the very corporation, Woodside whose only interest is to destroy them. Tell Rich to go home because we are going to rattle his cage.

The National Indigenous Times Newspaper. - WA heritage fight heats up

The National Indigenous Times Newspaper. - WA heritage fight heats up:

National Indigenous Times West Australian reporter Gerry Georgatos

Aboriginal and environmental rights advocates have claimed proposed changes to the Aboriginal Heritage Act by the West Australian Government will provide even less protection for Aboriginal sacred sites.

Goolarabooloo Rodney 'Wocky' Augustine said he is "scared to death" by Woodside's proposal for a gas..

Monday, October 15, 2012

Happy 4th Birthday Hands Off Country

It’s Hands off Country’s 4th birthday today, Monday, 15th October and also the anniversary of the day the newly elected Premier announced North Head as his preference for the location of the Kimberley LNG Precinct. Later that year,  in December he determined that James Price Point was a better location.

Perhaps some people will remember this? The Banner was erected in the roundabout at the entrance to town (near the Visitors’ Centre) it was the first of many Broome protests action against the proposed gas precinct.

Four years ago, within hours of the announcement of HIS preferred site for the gas hub proposal, Premier Barnett was given a clear message from the Broome community. Installed on the major roundabout coming into Broome, Kimberley, Western Australia and illuminated by an eerie generator light, Premier Barnett was put on notice. "We will not give away the Kimberley without a fight".

Hands Off Country has kept their word.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Petition | Tony Burke: Reverse approval for Hancock's coal export terminal at Abbot Point |

Petition | Tony Burke: Reverse approval for Hancock's coal export terminal at Abbot Point | Last Thursday Federal Environment minister Tony Burke quietly approved a huge new coal export terminal at Abbot Point in the Great Barrier Reef, but new findings show that the adjacent Caley Valley wetland is home to a federally threatened species.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Law Below the Top Soil, by Professor Peter Botsman a concise history of the flawed proposal to develop Browse Gas at James Price Point

It is an imperative for all Australians to become aware of the processes that are driving the development of the North-West, and we consider that this report should stimulate wider interest and understanding of the key issues. Above all, we hope it will provoke a much needed debate than has occurred up to this date about the proposed LNG precinct planned for Walmadany (James Price Point). We thank the author, Peter Botsman, for his hard work and dedication over the last 2 years. Save The Kimberley, October 2012

Peter Botsman’s key findings as listed in Law Below the Top Soil:  
Summary provided by Meredith, posted on October 11, 2012

  1. For overwhelming economic, social, cultural and environmental reasons the LNG precinct proposed for Walmadany (James Price Point) should not be built. The drivers to complete the LNG Precinct at Walmadany (James Price Point) are narrow: (1) State revenues and an ongoing push to industrialise the Kimberley (2) Woodside Petroleum’s potential for increased revenue (3) payments and benefits for the Indigenous community. These are not sufficient to (1) destroy the significant traditional cultural heritage of the area (2) to destroy a pristine and precious coastal environment (3) and to fundamentally undermine the people-centred tourist and cultural economy of the Broome region. Furthermore the hasty processing of the Browse resources will result in diminished revenue and an over-expenditure on infrastructure. In sum, such a project is against the national interest.

  1. The Lurujarri Trail — the magic 80 kilometre stretch from Broome’s Roebuck Bay Caravan Park, (spanning Gantheaume Pt/Entrance Pt through Daparapakun, Jurlarri, Lurujarri and Minarriny to north of Coulomb Pt), to Bindingankuny — should be preserved in a pristine state forever in accordance with the wishes of the traditional law holders and custodians who know the law and spirit of the land.

  1. The Browse Basin gas resources should be distributed by a pipeline to the Burrup Peninsula LNG plant or, if this involves too long a timeline for the gas lessees, then by floating gas liquefaction. The ‘use or lose’ it provisions engineered to fast track the Walmadany (James Price Point) development need to be the subject of a major parliamentary inquiry.

  1. All Australian economic development on Aboriginal land needs to be in accordance with the principle of Indigenous Free Prior Informed Consent (IFPIC). The threat of compulsory acquisition of the Walmadany lands and the formal bureaucratic methods of the Native Title process that took place in relation to it need to be reviewed in the light of IFPIC. In short, Australia needs to bring its laws and processes into line with the principles of IFPIC.

  1. Traditional Indigenous decision-making is best practice decision making. Decisions are made that are strong, binding and valued. Traditional processes do not occur by majority votes or participation in committees or through political representatives who can work within mainstream decision-making or negotiating frameworks according to a timeline. Decisions are made by ‘men and women of high degree’ who have a direct knowledge and expertise of the matters to be decided upon. The decisions of the leaders take time and are then endorsed by consensus as reflected in the liyarn of the customary group. Without these ingredients there can be no consent on matters as important as the status of lands and estates.  Aboriginal people, or any other people from outside areas have no bearing or right to determine decisions in such a forum.

  1. There will be some who view these findings as anti-progressive and anti-development. In fact they are the basis for a more enlightened economic development process. Australia must recognise that destroying the environment is not progress and pursuing the fastest dollar possible is not sound economic development.

  1. The hardship and plight of Kimberley Indigenous peoples is well understood. The need to celebrate and practise traditional law and culture as well as participate in the best of the mainstream world is the goal of all Indigenous people supported by all honourable Australians. The package of economic and social benefits negotiated by the KLC on behalf of the Jabirr Jabirr and other Kimberley Indigenous people was a step forward from the travesty of royalty payments in the Pilbara. There will be other opportunities to improve on these developments and to improve on this model, and to improve on it further.

Broome and the Kimberley have resisted the dictates of crass commercialism and development at all costs. Broome is the place where the White Australia Policy had only minimal effects on the shape and fabric of the people behind the famous fence that divided the European bosses from the greater community. The behind-the-fence Broome culture has created a wonderful spirit and people who know how to think in ten different cultural ways. This unique quality does not need just to be celebrated in the famous festivals of Broome. It needs to be a foundation for economic, social and cultural development of the region. Miners, economic developers and politicians would do better if they worked together with the people who have made the region so special. If they do so they are sure to have success and to bring wellbeing and prosperity to the region, Australia and the world.

Botsman Report October 2012

Cousins of The Kimberleys and a price too high | Independent Australia

Cousins of The Kimberleys and a price too high | Independent Australia:

Contributing editor-at-large Tess Lawrence introduces an article by Geoffrey Cousins on the controversial James Price Point gas hub. “There are merely a handful of men capable of instilling fear in the corporate badlands,” Tess writes — and Geoff Cousins is surely one of them.

Shell eyes new LNG plan for Browse | The Australian

Shell eyes new LNG plan for Browse | The Australian:
A SENIOR Royal Dutch Shell executive has done little to dampen growing speculation that the company will push its revolutionary floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) technology as a solution to the ongoing controversy over the $US45 billion Browse project in Western Australia.

In an exclusive interview with The Australian, Shell's director of projects & technology Matthias Bichsel would not rule out considering FLNG as a development option for Browse.

Monday, October 8, 2012

No Social Licence, No Economic Sense, No Science, NO WAY

Woodside vs The Good-side                                                                                                                                               Thanks again to Red Broome

Earth Choice Launches Bold TV Ad for the Kimberley | Save The Kimberley

Earth Choice Launches Bold TV Ad for the Kimberley | Save The Kimberley:

I couldn’t believe that our government would put industry ahead of one of the planet’s last remaining pristine coasts. How could our government even consider a project that would create more CO2 than is produced by the entire country of New Zealand? This would negate any benefit the new carbon tax would have and will increase Australia’s carbon emissions significantly. Perversely, it seems that the creation of this enormous industrial precinct would be more about carbon tax revenue for the government as the 50 million tonnes of CO2 would equate to $1.15 billion in carbon tax revenue.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Thousands gather for Kimberley concert

Thousands gather for Kimberley concert

Dr Brown said the large crowd was "a powerful message from Melbourne to Canberra".
Former Broome local James Psembi, 21, said he was pleased to see "Broome-related news trickle down to Melbourne".

Concert For the Kimberley

Concert For the Kimberley

Clink on the above link for highlights of the evening. 

Concert for the Kimberley was a truly heart-warming showcase of people uniting for a common goal…the protection of living traditional culture and the pristine environment on the west Kimberley coast. Our united national campaign efforts is raising awareness on a national and international levels and harnessing this  interest of the gathering thousands. 

Thank you, to all the volunteers,  who gave their time and hearts through conversation, leafleting etc. We, the Broome community formed a massive bond last night with the people of Melbourne and it felt like a rising tide.

Operation Kimberley Miinimbi Documentary | Fair Projects

Operation Kimberley Miinimbi Documentary | Fair Projects:

At the beginning of August, 2012, Fair Projects set sail with the crew of the Steve Irwin, as the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society traveled half way around Australia to descend upon Walmadan (also known as James Price Point) in Western Australia – the site of the worlds largest Humpback Whale nursery.

With Woodside proposing the construction of the second largest gas processing plant in the world at Walmadan, Sea Shepherd launched ‘Operation Kimberley Miinimbi’ in order to bring worldwide attention to the Kimberley coastline and show the world what we all stand to lose if the development goes ahead.

Throughout the campaign, Fair Projects documented activities on board, and today we are pleased to bring you the short film, ‘Operation Kimberley Miinimbi’.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

World's largest dinosaur footprint found in area for proposed gas precinct - ABC Kimberley WA - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

The Strategic Report's assessment of dinosaur footprints near James Price Point has been criticised. The preliminary report on palaeontology concluded that dinosaur footprints would be destroyed by the construction of the gas precinct but that they were "...not of museum grade quality." But Dr Steve Salisbury from the University of Queensland says that the footprints in the James Price Point area are part of " of the most spectacular dinosaur coastlines in the world." He went on to say that destruction of any part of this would be a "tragedy". In February 2011, Ms McGowan, from the WA Department of State Development said "no dinosaur footprints had been found at James Price Point, but a small number of what were possibly fossilised impressions left by dinosaur feet had". I really hope Ms McGowan tunes in tonight for the following program. World's largest dinosaur footprint found in area for proposed gas precinct - ABC Kimberley WA - Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

ABC TV's Catalyst science program will show the discovery of the worlds largest dinosaur footprint by scientists in the area Woodside Petroleum is investigating for an LNG processing facility north of Broome.

A leading palaeontologist says the integrity of globally unique dinosaur track sites in the Kimberley is being threatened by a proposed gas plant. 

Dr Steve Salisbury from the University of Queensland reveals discoveries of dinosaur footprints for the first time on ABC's Catalyst program tonight.

"It's a unique glimpse of an ancient ecosystem unmatched anywhere in the world," he said.
"This is our only window on Australia during the age of dinosaurs 130 million years ago."

Over the past year, Dr Salisbury has been working with the local Aboriginal community and Broome dinosaur enthusiasts to document the fossils near Woodside's proposed plant near James Price Point.
"Every time we come back there are new things emerging," he said.

"It would be very naive to believe that in a year we can figure it all out."

In July, WA's Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) recommended the State Government approve Woodside's gas hub on the condition that "if fossils are found, disturbance should be avoided wherever possible".

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

ABC Television - ABC1 - Catalyst - 8:00pm Thursday, October 04 2012

ABC Television - ABC1 - Catalyst - 8:00pm Thursday, October 04 2012: Catalyst - Series 13, Episode 19
Series Synopsis

Australia's premier science investigation series.

Tracking Australia's dinosaurs in the Kimberley, Diagnosing Mental Illness; Making computer games feel real; Sizing up our DNA?

Kimberley Dinosaurs

Written in the sandstone, along the rocky platforms of the pristine Dampier Peninsula north of Broome, is a dinosaur story from 130 million years ago. Here, palaeontologists have recorded the track types of more than sixteen different dinosaurs including the biggest to ever walk the earth. The tracks are also culturally significant in that they are woven into the Aboriginal songlines and creation stories. Mark Horstman witnesses the discovery of the biggest dinosaur footprint ever found and reports on the threat to the security of the dinosaur tracks posed by a massive industrial development.

Protest on a pole locks out Woodside staff (video) GWN7 - Yahoo!7

Protest on a pole locks out Woodside staff (video) GWN7 - Yahoo!7
Traditional Owners at protest site this morning.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Woodside employees locked out

2nd October 2012
• Aerial protest locks Woodside out of their Broome Office • Protest in response to Woodside attempting to gain DIA permissions to enter the culturally important sand dunes at James Price Point • Woodside placed on notice by Broome community – more protests to come No gas campaigners have today locked Woodside Petroleum staff out of their Broome offices, with Broome community member George Bishop suspended 8 metres of the ground on a pole connected by ropes to the office entrances. Any attempt to remove the rope and unblock the doors will drop the pole, and Mr Bishop, to the ground. The action comes in response to Woodside’s furthering their campaign to gain access in to the culturally important sand dunes at James Price Point. The dunes contain numerous Indigenous heritage sites, including burial grounds. It was revealed last Wednesday that Woodside’s access to the dunes will be discussed by the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Committee (ACMC) in their next meeting, with the ACMC making a recommendation on whether work should proceed to the Minister for Indigenous Affairs. “The community here has no confidence in the Barnett Government’s ability to make a decision based on anything other than their desire to force through the gas hub at James Price Point.” Said Nik Wevers of the Broome Community No Gas Campaign “We’ve seen a corruption of process within government with conflicts of interest in the EPA, and within the last month it has come to light that government and Woodside have colluded to suppress information about the cultural significance of the area” “Scores of people have been arrested keeping Woodside out of Country and the people of Broome have always said that Woodside going in to the dunes will be when the direct action campaign really flares up. I have spoken to large numbers of people who have said that they are ‘saving’ their arrest for Woodside’s attempt to enter the dunes.” “Today we’re putting Woodside on notice – they must stay out of the dunes or they will face the full force of the Broome community” concluded Wevers For images or more information, please contact Frances Myles on 0450 498 344.