Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Barnett attacked on carbon tax - The West Australian

Barnett attacked on carbon tax - The West Australian:
 The Barnett Government could never again question the legitimacy of the carbon tax after using it to remove greenhouse conditions from the Kimberley gas hub, Climate Change Minister Greg Combet said yesterday.

A liquefied natural gas- processing plant last month became the first major project since the late 1990s to be given WA Government approval without greenhouse conditions after Environment Minister Bill Marmion decided it did not need them in light of the carbon tax.

Emissions from the plant operating at full capacity could be as much as 52 per cent of WA's and 6.5 per cent of Australia's total greenhouse gas generation based on 2007 levels, according to the Environmental Protection Authority.


  1. All that from a clean f...g fridge!

  2. The Madness of King Colon.

    This is getting scary.He will be marching around his Palace in jackboots and a riding crop soon.

    It's easy to see how things can get out of control.Thank God he has no powers over the Military.

    He would be herding dissenters into camps by now and torturing political prisoners.

    This is no joke.

  3. He held a gun to the heads of the indigenous communities, now he's trying it on with Woodside and Shell, lets see how they react!

  4. Yes he did - and here we are ringside seats!



    'Urgent need' for child mental health funds

    Services for children with serious mental health issues were limited or non-existent in many rural and remote areas and Royalties for Regions funding should be invested urgently to redress the imbalance, Children’s Commissioner Michelle Scott has said.

    Speaking at the inaugural West Kimberley Youth Sector Conference yesterday, Ms Scott said new metropolitan mental health initiatives included a 24-hour service for children, the refurbishment of Bentley adolescent unit and additional funding for Aboriginal people experiencing mental health problems.

    However, her research had shown regional children to be severely disadvantaged in terms of access to early intervention, treatment and support.

    In areas like the KIMBERLEY, which has the HIGHEST SUICIDE RATE IN THE NATION, many services were non-existent, she said. Where they did exist, they were often fragmented or needed many more staff and resources.

    No area was more worthy of investment than children's mental health, she said.

    “The two areas that require progress, where there has been little progress so far, is in relation to a substantial investment in child and adolescent mental health services across the board and also in regional and remote communities,” Ms Scott said.

    In almost every mental health indicator, they and Aboriginal children in particular fared more poorly and there was also a gap in addressing alcohol-related harm.

    Ms Scott said the recent Stokes Review, which was highly critical of a lack of beds and shortage of services, had endorsed her recommendations about the need for substantial investment into the area.

    The review found an urgent increase in rural child, adolescent and youth beds was needed to improve mental health outcomes, along with after-hours services in rural and remote communities.

    Ms Scott said Royalties for Regions should be making a significant, long-term investment into mental health promotion, suicide prevention and early intervention: “We need to be doing a lot more a lot earlier,” she said.

    She said children and their parents needed someone to talk to long before a serious mental health problem or serious depression had a chance to develop.

    Services also needed to work closely with remote communities to up-skill childcare workers and teachers working with children experiencing trauma or at risk of suicide.

    Royalties for Regions should also fund “safe houses” in communities for children to go to when it wasn’t safe to go home, she said.

    A spokesman for Royalties for Regions said host of programs and services addressing mental health and general health were already funded, such as the Clontarf Foundation, Foodbank, the Derby Mental Health refurbishment and the North West Drug and Alcohol support program.
    However, he acknowledged Ms Scott’s remarks and said any agency was welcome to apply to Royalties for Regions for funding.



    Chevron barge hits reef off Cervantes

    Salvage crews are rushing to regain control of a barge that has reportedly run aground on a reef off Cervantes this morning.

    The barge was being towed by an ocean-going tug, the Micklyn Adventure, when a tow cable snapped around 3.15am.

    Police have confirmed another tug is attempting to tie a tow rope around the stricken vessel.

    The barge was travelling north to Barrow Island, carrying concrete blocks, vehicles, construction equipment and diesel fuel under contract for gas giant Chevron.

    The West understands a helicopter has been dispatched by one of the companies responsible for the barge to monitor the salvage effort.

    Crews attempting to salvage the barge are battling wild weather, with swells of 5-6m being reported by local sea rescue volunteers.
    While reefs off Cervantes would normally be an impassible barrier for ships, some locals are concerned the large waves could push the wreck past the reef and towards Cervantes Beach.

    Maritime Union of Australia State president Chris Cain said the barge was carrying eight crew members.
    Mr Cain said the union had been involved in a recent dispute with the company over crew numbers on the barges.


    Grange Resources has shelved its $2.9 billion Southdown magnetite project near Albany citing uncertain market conditions, high development costs and difficult financial markets.

    The move, foreshadowed by WestBusiness last month, follows weeks of speculation about whether the project still stacked-up given the softer iron ore price environment.

    Grange said today it would "significantly reduce expenditure" on its Southdown project and cut the project team working on it from 24 staff and contractors to six over the next five months.

    "The majority of those, whose positions are to be made redundant under this restructure, will leave the project by the end of December," the company said in a statement.

    Grange expected to spend just $2.5 million on the project next year.

    1. Latest news lunchtime for the Chevron barge.An eyewitness said the barge had struck a large rock,had waves breaking over it,and had swung around on the rocks.

      It was reported to be carrying 18,000 tonnes of construction material including diesel.

  6. The crazy world of energy headlines.


    Israeli company Delek said the pre-front end engineering and design studies were now complete for the Tamar Floating LNG project in the Eastern Mediterranean in which it is a shareholder.


    Although there is an optimistic sentiment within the LNG shipping market for the months ahead and the longer term, a bearish cargo market prevailed in the third quarter, with falling prices and weak demand in the Far East.


    Nov 28 (LNG) - PeruPetro, the Peruvian state energy company, has issued data showing that five countries have received cargoes from the Peru LNG plant at Pampa Melchorita, south of the capital Lima, during 2012, including Spain, Mexico, Japan, China and Thailand. The biggest recipient was Spain with 25 cargoes, while Mexico received nine.


    MOSCOW, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Russian energy company Gazprom said it was reviewing liquefied natural gas options in the Far East with representatives from the Japanese government.

    Gazprom Chief Executive Officer Alexei Miller met with Japanese Ambassador to Russia Chikahito Harada in Moscow.

    Gazprom, in a statement, described LNG supplies to Japan as a top priority for the company.

    Both sides "discussed the progress with the project of an LNG plant construction near Vladivostok and emphasized the successful cooperation between Gazprom and Japanese energy companies within the Sakhalin II project," the company said.

    More than 85 percent of deliveries of LNG from Gazprom were to Asia-Pacific countries in 2011. The company said it aims to invest more than $14 billion on developments in the Sakhalin region north of Japan.

    Miller in September signed a memorandum of understanding with Japanese officials for a LNG project in Vladivostok, Russia.


    The Audit Chamber estimates that gas sale revenues under the Sakhalin-1 project, which is being implemented through a production sharing agreement, should total $170 billion, and it has rebuked the project's participants and the Energy Ministry for dragging their feet in negotiations on selling the gas, Interfax reported.

    1. cont...

      Karoon Gas and ConocoPhillips are preparing to run a blowout preventer into Zephyros-1 at WA-398-P.

      Zephyros-1 is the second in a minimum five-well program, and follows the successful Boreas-1 well, which had a stabilised flow rate of 30 million cubic feet per day, with a condensate ratio of 18 barrels per MMcf.

      The well is being drilled by the Transocean Legend semi-submersible rig, which was plagued with blowout preventer problems before drilling Boreas-1.


      The new members of this expert committee bring a range of scientific skills and expertise in areas such as hydrogeology, hydrology, ecology, geology, ecotoxicology and natural resource management," Burke said.

      "The committee will advise me on research priorities that address critical gaps in scientific understanding of the actual and potential water-related impacts associated with coal seam gas and large coal mining activities and scope what research is needed to reduce these knowledge gaps."

      Chairing the eight-member panel will be Lisa Corbyn, who recently retired from the New South Wales public sector where she held senior executive positions as chief executive officer of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and Director General of the NSW Environment Protection Authority and Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water.

      Other members of the panel are Professor Craig Simmons, Professor Angela Arthington, Jane Coram, Andrew Johnson, Jim McDonald, Professor Dayanthi Nugegoda and Professor Peter Flood.


      Woodside chief executive Peter Coleman is talking up Myanmar as one of the next great exploration hotspots, saying east Africa is now too expensive to get into.

      Speaking at the In The Zone conference yesterday, he told reporters that he had returned from a recent trip to the troubled nation with renewed hope that Woodside could make an exploration play work.

      “We are an early mover into Myanmar. In east Africa the potential is already proven,” Coleman was quoted by the Australian Financial Review as saying.

      “The risks are high but the hopes are high as well.”


      “Purchasing a 15 per cent stake in APLNG may assist both Origin and Shell to move forward with their objectives.”

      Speculation has been rife that the Arrow LNG partners in Shell and CNPC may seek to roll their project in with one of three others on the Gladstone coast, on the back of high construction costs.

      Goldman Sachs said any deal involving Arrow and APLNG would likely involve the construction of a third train, with the first two trains at the project having reached final investment decision.


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