Dinosaur tracks in gas plant's path "will 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.
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.
- 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."