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

17 comments:

  1. BCNG Facebook:

    http://theconversation.edu.au/beware-the-stingray-indigenous-heritage-and-was-gas-plans-10178

    ....."Woodside, Premier Barnett and their supporters have messed with the stingrays of Walmadany/James Price Point. Mr Roe, along with many others, had ensured that this site was perhaps the most documented sacred site of the Broome area and perhaps of Australia.

    The process through which Barnett and Woodside ended up with this as the site for a giant multi-billion dollar LNG precinct was blundering and foolish and indicative of desperate men. The voluminous documentation of the whole development of the LNG project is an exercise that completely disregards the significant Aboriginal customary law that lies with Mr Roe’s family and their relatives.

    Of course, I might also mention that the economics of the project are not sound, that there are other superior alternatives to the LNG precinct for harvesting the reserves of Browse Basin Gas that lie in vast quantities off the Kimberley coast. The environmental, cultural and social effects of the project are undesirable and severe.

    But Mr Roe would no doubt have said that all this is obvious: if you mess with stingrays, you end up with poison barbs in your leg."

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    1. No doubt Mr Bosman has been advised by lawyers not to document too closely the true role the KLC played in this.
      For locals who were aware of the undermining of the Roe family by Bergman,Tarran(Djaigween),and their money faced mates,a lot of this story has yet to be told.
      Make no mistake about it Bergman backed one family against the other in an existing fued, and it was all about the money.
      The "knifing" of Cyril Shaw and the threats still hanging over it,the lieing,rigging and cheating,the families who were turned away from the vote,the KLC's "lock it in" embrace of the Compulsory Acquisition,the "vanishing" of the volumns of knowledge of this area,all have yet to be fully recognised.
      To the present day where the greedy faces who took the Barnett and Woodside money are trying to get innocent family members,who never saw any of the "dirty dollars",to stand in their place in a fight,they have up until now ,not been welcome in.
      There are many who wait for the day all of this and more can be put out for the world to see and hear.

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  2. Anger at oil survey near Ningaloo

    Under a proposal being reviewed by the Department of Environment and Conservation, the resources giant would start a seismic survey of a 250km area in February. The area is 15km from North West Cape and 5km from the Ningaloo World Heritage area boundary.

    World Wildlife Fund WA director Paul Gamblin said the seismic activity could disturb marine animals such as whales, dolphins, turtles and fish.

    "It involves the production of very high intensity underwater noise which travels long distances," he said. "Scientists are saying that can have impacts on the migratory pathways of animals." Mr Gamblin said he was concerned about the increased oil and gas activity in the region.

    Conservation Council of WA marine co-ordinator Tim Nicol said it was hard to find a major tourism or environmental attraction on the WA coast that was not at risk from oil and gas development.

    "At some point we've got to decide where to stop in chasing the last drop of oil and from our perspective there are some areas too precious to risk," he said.

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  3. It's the fish John West reject that makes John West the worst.


    GREENPEACE says John West is Australia's worst tuna brand because its fishing methods are killing sharks, rays and sea turtles.

    In a campaign launched on Monday, Greenpeace is calling on John West to stop using giant nets and fish aggregating devices (FADs) such as buoys, which are used to attract fish.

    "Fishing with FADs and giant nets is indiscriminate," says Greenpeace ocean campaigner Nathaniel Pelle.

    "At least 10 per cent of each haul is 'bycatch', such as baby tuna, sharks and turtles."

    Mr Pelle says the bycatch rate is 10 times higher than nets set without FADs and people would be horrified if they knew the real cost of a can of John West tuna.
    ..
    Australian brand Safcol has already switched to sustainable methods and other major brands such as Greenseas and Sirena are soon to follow, Mr Pelle said.

    "But John West has refused," he said.

    "In the UK, all tuna brands including John West have already committed to make the change.

    "The Australian tuna industry should be embarrassed to be lagging so far behind the UK."

    As part of the national campaign, Greenpeace has launched its new 4th Canned Tuna Guide to help consumers make informed choices.

    "Sea creatures are killed because John West continues to use outdated and destructive fishing methods," Mr Pelle said.

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  4. Water extraction helped trigger quake in Spain, say scientists


    MASSIVE extraction of groundwater helped unleash an earthquake in southeastern Spain last year that killed nine people, injured at least 100 and left thousands homeless, geologists has said.

    The finding added a powerful piece of evidence to theories that some earthquakes were human-induced, they said.
    ..
    Reporting in the journal Nature Geoscience, they found that the quake occurred at a very shallow depth, of just 3km, so the shockwave swiftly reached the surface with little to dampen it on the way.
    ..
    For now, we should remain cautious of human-induced stress perturbations, in particular those related to carbon dioxide sequestration projects that might affect very large volumes of crust," Professor Avouac said.

    "We know how to start earthquakes, but we are still far from being able to keep them under control."

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    Discoveries of vast gasfields off Israel provides opportunity for Woodside


    "LET me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses," former Iraeli prime minister Golda Meir once joked.

    "He took us 40 years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil!"

    ....

    Exclusive - U.S. LNG group to launch campaign for natural gas exports

    The effort by the Centre for Liquefied Natural Gas will include a new web site and outreach aimed at policymakers and the public, making the case that selling the nation's surplus natural gas to foreign countries will yield significant economic benefits and not drastically raise prices.

    "There is a lot of stranded investment waiting to be unleashed in these projects that would pour billions of dollars into local and national economies, if the regulatory process would be freed up and allowed to move forward," Bill Cooper, the head of the LNG trade group, told Reuters.

    President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger for the presidency, Mitt Romney, have both lauded the boom in U.S. shale oil and gas production as a critical component of moving the country toward "energy independence."

    But, the winner of the November 6 election will have to contend with concerns about how to manage this newfound energy wealth.
    ..
    After allowing gas exports from one project, Cheniere's Sabine Pass terminal, the Obama administration has put off approving any more applications pending the outcome of an economic analysis.

    That study, commissioned by the administration to evaluate the potential effects of LNG exports, has been delayed repeatedly and is now expected to be released by the end of the year.

    ....

    Shell, partners plan latest Canadian LNG plant

    Korea Gas Corp., the world’s biggest buyer of liquefied natural gas, and partners including Royal Dutch Shell Plc started talks with residents and other parties on a project in Canada to sell LNG to Asia.
    ..
    Increased exports from North America will pressure LNG producers in Indonesia, Yemen, Qatar and Australia, which charge customers in Japan and South Korea as much as 10 times the price of U.S. supplies.
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    Australia, Asia’s biggest gas supplier, is poised to lose the most from Canada’s new terminals, Andy Flower, an independent LNG analyst in the U.K., said in October. Australia is home to more than 70 percent of LNG projects under construction worldwide, putting it on course to surpass Qatar as the largest exporter of the fuel by the end of the decade, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. said in February.

    The west coast of Australia is 4,400 nautical miles from Japan, according to Eurasia Group, a New York-based consultant. The journey to Tokyo from Kitimat is 4,200 miles.

    Australia and Qatar sell the commodity to Asia at prices linked to oil. Gas from the U.S. is tied to Henry Hub futures, which tumbled 32 percent last year amid record output driven by extraction from shale.

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  5. from the fisherwoman:

    Woodside

    The facts, as best known, start with a report over the weekend in The Australian linking Woodside to a visit by a senior Australian government minister to Israel earlier this year.

    Bill Shorten, Minister for Workplace Relations, was said to have had a friendly chat with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, about Australian assistance in gas field development.

    It is not hard to link that suggestion with talks held by Woodside with Hess over that company’s Australian gas assets to link the LNG skills of Woodside with the gas of Noble and Hess.
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    In its simplest terms, Noble and Hess have the gas. Woodside has the LNG-knowledge, though in the case of Noble and its Israeli gas, particularly the 17 trillion cubic foot Leviathan discovery, there is a problem with Shell’s legacy stake.

    How deliciously simple it would be for Woodside to form a close working relationship with Noble and combine undeveloped gas with 20 years of accumulated LNG-processing knowledge.

    The same argument applies to Hess and Woodside, with Hess sitting on valuable discoveries and Woodside looking for more gas to expand its processing facility at Pluto.
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    In theory, Noble and Hess could acquire Shell’s 23% Woodside stake at, say, $US4 billion apiece (paying Shell an appropriate premium over the market). They would come out with 11.5% of their Australian look-alike cousin – with the LNG expertise they need.

    For Shell it would finalise its exit from a company which, to use the Australian vernacular, has been a pain in the arse thanks to bloody-minded managers who refused to sing from the official Shell song book.

    Exiting Woodside, if it is thinking about a deal with Noble, would also be an essential step given Shell’s deep Middle East relationships with Arab/Muslim countries and their strict rules about doing business with anything Israeli.
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    All they have to do is convince Shell it is time to dump its residual 23% stake in Woodside and get Noble and Hess to buy equal shares in that 23% stake.

    Then they have to encourage Woodside to sign a deal with Noble for the development of Leviathan as an LNG project and do the same with the Equus project of Hess.

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    East Timor wants Sunrise action

    The East Timorese government wants to “light a fire” under the Sunrise issue, reports the Australian Financial Review.

    The East Timor government is still grappling with Woodside on a preferred development plan for the giant 5.1 trillion cubic feet Sunrise field in the joint development area, but East Timor wants the Australian government to step into the fray.

    “It has gone on for way too long and has remained undeveloped for way too long,” lawyer for the East Timor government Pierre Prosper was quoted as saying.
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    The East Timor government’s preferred option remains to pipe the gas to the island nation, but Woodside insists it could develop the field with FLNG technology for about $5 billion cheaper.
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    Under the treaty on Sunrise, a decision is needed by February 2013 or it could lapse, opening up the possibility of a maritime boundary dispute.

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    Woodside Myanmar farm in.

    Reuters quoted an unnamed Myanmar government official who said Woodside was one of several companies that had requested the tender award be postponed.

    Other companies named in the report were ConocoPhillips, Hess, Shell, BP and BG Group.

    "Some of the oil companies, like Shell, are very strict about international standards like transparency, environmental, social and biodiversity impacts," the official told Reuters at a conference.
    *
    Woodside’s partner in block AD-7, Daewoo International, has been in Myanmar for more than a decade.

    In 2007, two of the company’s former senior executives were reportedly fined by a South Korean court for exporting arms to Myanmar in defiance of international sanctions.

    Woodside is not the first Australian oil and gas company to take a punt on Myanmar.

    Australia’s Danford Equities (see Wikileaks)

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    1. Buru Energy and unlisted Mitsubishi Resources have upped their stakes in EP 438 in the Canning Basin by a combined 70%, with each to hold a 37.5% stake.
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      Gulliver Productions will remain the operator for Cyrene-1.

      Key told the market this morning that the joint venture was looking around for a rig to drill the well.

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  6. WOODSIDE IN THE EASTERN MED.SOME BACKGROUND.

    May 2012

    ISRAELI Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called on Australian liquefied natural gas companies to help develop his country’s giant offshore reserves.

    In a meeting with Financial Services Minister Bill Shorten in Israel, Mr Netanyahu asked for assistance in developing the country’s offshore natural gas fields in the Mediterranean Sea.

    “The Prime Minister raised with me the possibility of being able to draw on Australia’s knowledge in the LNG industry,” Mr Shorten told The Australian.

    “He said Israel wanted to expand its LNG industry and was interested in what Australia has to offer. The LNG industry is going to develop in Israel. They are crying out for technology and knowhow.”

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    May 2012

    Delek units Avner and Delek Drilling have teamed with Australia’s Woodside, EnergyItaly’s Enel Trade, and France’s Edison International.

    Delek Group Ltd. applied for Cypriot offshore oil and gas exploration licenses on Friday through its gas exploration units Avner Oil and Gas LP and Delek Drilling LP. The companies are part of a consortium with Italy’s Enel Trade SpA, France’s Edison International SpA, and Australia’s Woodside Energy Holdings Pty Ltd.

    Noble Energy Inc. did not file any bids for the Cypriot licenses, according to the Cypriot media.

    Woodside and Edison International each own 30% of the consortium, Enel owns 15%, and Avner and Delek Drilling each own 12.5%. This arrangement may lead to foreign participation in Leviathan, which Delek owns with Noble Energy and Ratio Oil Exploration (1992) LP as some the companies have assets that Delek lacks. Edison International owns a gas pipeline in Europe, and Woodside specializes in liquefied natural gas (LNG infrastructures development.

    ..


    Discoveries of vast gasfields off Israel provides opportunity for Woodside

    by: Glenda Korporaal
    From:The Australian
    October 22, 201212:00AM

    But recent discoveries of vast natural gasfields in the deep waters off its coastline have begun to change the energy equation for the country -- and may provide a new expansion opportunity for Woodside Petroleum.

    Woodside is not talking about the idea.

    But when Financial Services and Superannuation Minister Bill Shorten meets Woodside chief executive Peter Coleman on their joint trip to Burma this week it is expected to be one of their topics of conversation.
    ..
    But the political complexities of doing business with Israel, particularly for international energy companies which also do business with the Arab states, has constrained many other potential players such as Royal Dutch Shell, which has experience in the liquefied natural gas industry.

    But even before the Shorten visit, it appears that Woodside was interested in becoming involved in the LNG business off the coast of Israel.

    There are discussions behind the scenes about how and when.

    Woodside, with its expertise in LNG garnered through its stake in the North West Shelf off Western Australia, might be able to help the Israelis in exploiting their new offshore gasfields.

    Woodside's Coleman has made no secret of his interest in expanding the group's operations offshore, particularly in strategic partnerships, since he took over the top job in May last year.
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    Woodside has been mentioned as a potential investor in the field along with bidders from South Korea.

    A spokesman refused to comment when asked last week.

    Interestingly, on Friday Woodside announced plans to buy a 40 per cent interest in an exploration block off the coast of Burma, from South Korean company Daewoo, which will continue to be the operator of that block.

    There is more than just geography linking the gasfields off the coast of Cyprus and Israel.

    Surrounded by enemies, the Israeli government has been pushing for closer ties with the government of Cyprus and there is talk of a possible undersea gas pipeline between Israel and the island.

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      ugust 15, 2012

      It was Jerusalem, not Casablanca. Vladimir Putin and Benjamin Netanyahu are unlikely to be the next Rick Blaine and Captain Louis Renault; however this could be the start of a beautiful friendship.

      Iran’s nuclear facilities or the civil war in Syria might have been the cause for Vladimir Putin’s visit to Israel, but neither was. Departing Israel, Putin said that Russia and Israel will strengthen cooperation in the fields of gas, space exploration, medicine, and pharmaceuticals.

      Days later Russia and Israel signed an offshore gas agreement. Gazprom plans to launch an Israeli subsidiary that will help develop Israel’s vast offshore gas reserves, focusing on drilling and on gas transmission. Frederic Barnaud, director of Gazprom’s LNG (liquid natural gas) Division, had held talks with Noble Energy, Delek Group, Avner Oil and Gas, Isramco, and Alon Gas Exp. regarding exploration of the huge Israeli gas fields, Leviathan and Tamar.
      ..
      Israel has depended on energy imports since its founding; except after the 1967 War when Israel gained control of the Sinai oil fields. Israel surrendered the Sinai as part of the peace treaty with Egypt in 1979, which was signed by Prime Minister Menachem Begin and President Anwar El Sadat and witnessed by President James Carter. Assurances from Egypt and from the United States were given regarding future energy supply. This was done through the Arab Gas Pipeline, a natural gas pipeline which exports Egyptian natural gas to Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon; with a branch to Israel. It is believed that Sadat was later assassinated by the Muslim Brotherhood for signing this treaty.

      Looking for participation in the development of these major offshore gas fields, Israel’s Energy and water Minister Uzi Landau visits Houston. Texas is the world leader in the development of natural gas. Prime Minister Netanyahu met with Australian Financial Services Minister Bill Shorten. Australia has the second largest LNG sector in the world.

      Canadian Energy Companies Brownstone and Adira announced dates for exploration and drilling in three Israeli offshore sites this month. An Italian company has signed a deal to build a $140 billion LNG station.

      Discovery of sizeable offshore gas fields in the eastern Mediterranean has soared, including off the coast of Egypt. Israel has five contiguous offshore fields: Aditya, Ishai, Lela, Yahav, and Yoad; as well as the huge finds of Leviathan and Tamar. Rupert Murdock, Jacob Rothschild, former Vice President Dick Cheney, and billionaire Michael Steinhardt are all investors in Israeli oil and gas companies. Russian, Italian, French, and Malaysian companies seek licenses to drill in this area of the Mediterranean.
      ..
      Israel and Cyprus are working together with Noble Energy on the Aphrodite exploration off southern Cyprus. The two countries plan to funnel their gas through a joint pipeline through Greece to Western Europe. Cyprus is building a liquefaction terminal to handle the exported gas.

      Regional tensions are high. Old disputes between Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, Syria, Egypt, PA and the Gaza Strip will all come into play somewhere in the offshore drilling drama. Lebanon disputes the maritime boundaries it previously agreed to and has petitioned the United Nations with maritime boundaries claiming some of the gas rights. Turkey is disturbed by the alliance between Israel and Cyprus. Prime Minister Erdogan renewed a diplomatic campaign on behalf of northern Cyprus, and sent war ships to the drilling area. He warns international companies not to seek exploration licenses in these waters, and warned Israel to stop unilaterally exploiting gas resources. Turkey has launched its own explorations around northern Cyprus.

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    2. Coleman meets with Netanyahu

      Any speculation about the price and commercial terms is premature, the Perth-based company said in a statement. International gas explorers, including Woodside, have submitted bids to acquire as much as 30 percent of the prospect, partners in the Leviathan field said yesterday.

      Woodside Chief Executive Officer Peter Coleman, who joined Woodside last year after 27 years with Exxon Mobil, met yesterday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

      Woodside, seeking to broaden its portfolio of oil and gas assets to meet growth targets, has said that it is studying expansion options in the Eastern Mediterranean, Southeast Asia and the Americas. Australia's second-largest oil producer said October 19 it will form a partnership with Daewoo International in a venture off the coast of Myanmar and joined a group earlier this year that bid on gas exploration rights off Cyprus.

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      Woodside, whose Pluto venture started production in April, is among LNG project developers in Australia facing increasing construction costs and rising supply competition. Woodside also plans the Browse and Sunrise LNG ventures.


      Well you would have to say Woodsides stake in Browse and Sunrise now looks too big with all this - and no doubt more to come - on their plate.

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  7. well i only stuck around long enough to hear the answer to jan lewis question last night but was very happy.garrett said "the project is in trouble"the host said it and morrison agreed that if it was canned labour didn't do it in the same way as the trawler etc.
    more than i expected really.good one.

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  8. JAN LEWIS: Good evening, Tony. In several parts of the world people are fighting to get democracy. Here in Broome, surveys show that more than half and sometimes over three quarters of our community are against plans to build a huge gas plant just north of our town, yet our elected State and Federal members refuse to represent these views to Government. Is this how democracy is supposed to work?
    .....

    ...........TONY JONES: All right. Let's go to Peter Garrett. You were actually the environment minister, so you do know this issue pretty well. I mean, the Government seems to have taken the view, the Federal Government, that is, that the attitudes of people in Broome constitute a kind of minority view that the State-wide view and the national interests are bigger. Is that how you see it?

    PETER GARRETT: No, I don't, Tony. But you're right. When I was Environment Minister I initiated the national heritage inquiry into the values of the Kimberley. I mean I'd been there quite a few times and I knew that environmentally and culturally it was a really significant part of Australia and the work that was done confirmed that. Just to go back one step quickly, one of the reasons why there's a place identified in Broome for this proposed gas processing hub is that that was a way of trying to make sure that that particular coastline wasn't dotted with various industrial developments. In other words, it was a way of trying to contain that development over time. Now, there's been a really significant amount of assessment that's gone into this particular site and the current Environment Minister, my colleague, Tony Burke, will have to make a decision, as he ought to, on whether or not he believes that the proposal is one that's consistent with our legislation. But I want to say two things finally. Since that time I think the West Australian Government have performed very poorly in relation to the assessment processes and I have concerns about the way in which they've conducted their work around a huge number of issue there and I've heard from people in Broome about those. That’s the first thing I’d say.

    TONY JONES: Are the concerns serious enough they put a doubt over the project?

    PETER GARRETT: Well, I think they're the sorts of things that a minister would look at and they're certainly the sort of thing that I, as a cabinet minister and a member of the Government and a member of the Caucus and...

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    1. TONY JONES: So you think there are actually genuine doubts over this project?

      PETER GARRETT: Yes, I do and I think and the second thing I want to say is this: what's happened since the period of time when this assessment was initiated was that there's been much more information that's come through about particularly the natural values. There's dinosaur tracks in that region. There's a lot of issues around the migration of fish species and the like and what's important here is to recognise that the Broome community, as the lady said, is quite split on this issue. It's important that Aboriginal people and the Aboriginal community have an appropriate source of livelihood for the resources that are either located or that they have access to. That's absolutely important. But it's also important to recognise that if there are appropriate alternatives and if the cultural and natural values that you're trying to protect in an assessment of this kind, when you're looking at putting something like this in the place that we're looking at putting it, will be so great that you need to consider alternatives, then I think that's something that ought to happen.

      TONY JONES: I'll get a quick response from Scott Morrison. Apparently there are doubts over this project.

      SCOTT MORRISON: Well, look, there's a process that's going ahead here and I think that process should follow and the company itself, Woodside, may not even get to yes themselves before it gets to the end of that process. I agree with Billy that I think there is a very strong sort of view that’s coming out locally but, as Peter said, that is going from two directions. Now, I'd make two comments on this. The first one is that I would hope the process doesn't get upended the same way that we've seen the Government make other decisions in related space, whether it's the super trawler in a completely area or with the live cattle trade to Indonesia. If there is a process, you've got to have confidence in it and I hope that process doesn't get perverted as others have. The second point I'd agree very strongly with Peter and that is with indigenous Australians it can't just be symbolic self-determination. It needs to be practical as well and that means if there are opportunities (economic, resources or otherwise) that they want to go forward with - that's why we've been a big supporter of Tony's legislation around wild rivers - and that is to give indigenous people economic self-determination so they can rely on more than just a good will.
      ....
      TONY JONES: I’m not going to let you make something because we’ve got another subject coming.

      AMANDA VANSTONE: Ohh.

      PETER GARRETT: Well, I think Tony Abbott’s wild rivers legislation is totally misplaced. It's a fundamental misunderstanding of the need to actually properly protect the environment and to enable development and sustainable development to take place. And as far as the issue in the Kimberley is concerned, a lot of Aboriginal people in the community there are very concerned about the James Price Point development. What must happen though, at the end of the day, is that Aboriginal people must be able to take an appropriate benefit from the exploitation of their resources. Now there are ways that that can happen, which may not involve a project of this kind being approved (indistinct).

      SCOTT MORRISON: True. That’s true.

      TONY JONES: Okay. Now, the only reason I'm drawing a line under it is because we've got other big topics to deal. We haven't got very much time. Let’s move along. You’re watching Q&A. Our next question comes from Tony Di Quattro.

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  9. ABC radio reported thunderstorms 40 klm north of Broome this morning.Hopes of divine intervention to stop drilling west of the road.But why?On Q&A Garrett and Morrison seemed well informed of the trouble the project is in,so Burke and others know.
    And yet no one has the balls or the brains to stop this senseless crime,even as world events are making it seem a remote possiblity of it going ahead.

    Once again a quick look at the news today is all bad for this overpriced abomination.



    BROOME COMMUNITY NO GAS CAMPAIGN








    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 Authority[1] 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 significance[2].

    “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.

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  10. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/24/business/energy-environment/excelerate-energy-aims-to-be-a-leader-in-natural-gas.html?src=twrhp&_r=0

    With 15 other export projects currently under review by the Energy Department, America could soon become the world’s second-largest natural gas exporter behind Russia, which remains the largest seller because of its long-term contracts to energy buyers across Europe and farther afield.
    ..
    Yet the expansion of the natural gas industry in the United States and elsewhere, including in East Africa and South America, is expected to transform the sector over the next 20 years.

    “We still have regional markets, but they are becoming more tied together with each successive year,” said Joseph A. Stanislaw, a founder of the consultancy Cambridge Energy Research Associates.

    ....

    Russian natural gas giant Gazprom has announced the start of production at the massive Bovanenkovskoye field in the far northern Yamal-Nenets region.

    Gazprom chief Aleksei Miller was at the site on October 23 for the launch of operations.
    ..
    Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the order to start production by video link from outside Moscow.

    ....

    Oct 23 (LNGJ) - LNG importer China produced 79 billion cubic metres of its own natural gas in the first nine months of the year, a rise of just over 6 percent from a year earlier, according to figures from the National Development and Reform Commission. Natural gas pipeline imports jumped by a third to 30.5 Bcm in the nine-month period, the NDRC said.

    ....

    Energy prices continued to tumble Oct. 22 despite increased turmoil in the Middle East, with front-month benchmark crude down nearly 2% in New York as fear of a global economic slowdown overcame worry of supply disruptions.

    “Natural gas prices fell nearly 5% [in New York] as oversupply fears caused some to perceive the recent rally as overextended

    ....

    Consequently, China is in a position to demand opportunities to take financial positions in Russian exploration and production, he suggested. “But it would have to consider opening its downstream more than it has to Russian oil and gas,” Paik said.

    If the US government authorizes LNG exports, he said that East Asian markets could feel a significant impact. “Not only North American, but East African offshore gas could give East Asia some breathing room so it would not have to buy LNG at a premium,” Paik said. “Without it, China will continue to rely heavily on coal, which is beginning to look increasingly unacceptable environmentally.”

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  11. And the problem with the Lateline report last night is - everyone is finding gas everywhere.
    Competition is now rife.We are not the only one in town.The town is overflowing.

    The situation with fracced gas is now beyond insane.

    Fracking in Pennsylvania Poisoning Communities as Floodgates Open for Drilling on Campuses, Public Parks

    Pennsylvania recently passed Act 147 - also known as the Indigenous Mineral Resources Development Act - opening up the floodgates for hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") on the campuses of its public universities. As noted in a recent post by DeSmog, the shale gas industry hasn't limited Version 2.0 of "frackademics" to PA's campuses, but is also fracking close to hundreds of K-12 schools across the country, as well.

    We noted the devastating health consequences of fracking close to a middle school/high school in Le Roy, New York, where at least 18 cases of Tourette Syndrome-like outbreaks have been reported by its students. This has moved Erin Brockovich's law firm to investigate the case, telling USA Today, "We don't have all the answers, but we are suspicious. The community asked us to help and this is what we do."

    ....

    People living closest to Pennsylvania’s thousands of active hydraulic fracturing (fracking) wells face a greater risk of suffering health complications caused by exposure to toxic air and water.

    That’s the conclusion of a report funded by the environmental advocacy group Earthworks and its Oil & Gas Accountability Project. The group found that Pennsylvanians living closest to fracking wells were more likely to suffer breathing problems and skin irritations as a result of toxic air pollution created by the wells. And because these wells are affecting the quality of private water wells, many residents were also exposed to harmful contaminants used in the drilling process through their own tap water.

    ....

    Chevron’s Reputation as a Major Polluter Grows

    Chevron Corp.’s (NYSE: CVX) reputation as a major polluter recently has grown rapidly, and the cause is not just fines of more than $19 billion to Ecuador for environmental damage in the Amazon region. The U.S. Supreme Court blocked Chevron’s attempt to halt enforcement of the judgment. In the meantime, while Chevron has tried to promote itself as a progressive provider of new energy technologies, the list of troubles involving its facilities has grown.

    Federal investigators have begun a criminal probe into whether Chevron routed hydrocarbon gases around monitoring equipment. Bay Area Air Quality Management District inspectors uncovered what Chevron was doing and ordered the bypass pipe removed. The district’s executive director, Jack Broadbent, was quoted in SF Gate: “They were routing gas through that pipe to the flare that they were not monitoring.”

    In New Jersey, Chevron USA paid a $231,875 fine for air pollution violations and leaks over a four-year period at it asphalt production plant in Perth Amboy. NJ.com reported: “State Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa and state Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin, said the DEP and the federal Environmental Protection Agency filed a complaint accusing Chevron of violating air quality regulations.”

    Chevron has been accused of violating the rights of people in an area of Kazakhstan where it does business. At the core of the claim is that the company’s Karachaganak Oil and Gas Condensate Field causes health problems to local residents.

    Nigeria’s Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency “said it wants Chevron Corp. (CVX), the world’s fourth-largest energy company, to pay a $3 billion penalty for a rig explosion that caused a 46-day fire,” according to Bloomberg.

    Taken individually, these incidents might not cause broad concern about Chevron’s environmental activity. Taken together they do.

    On the homepage of Chevron’s main website is this: The Power of Human Energy: Finding Newer, Cleaner Ways to Power The World.” Nice touch. Nice dodge.

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