Thursday, November 8, 2012

Confusion over gas plant dinosaur footprints - The West Australian

Confusion over gas plant dinosaur footprints - The West Australian:

He said the EPA had acknowledged that construction of the port, shipping channel, breakwaters, jetties and other marine infrastructure would affect coastal processes and lead to sedimentary change, affecting beaches up to 3km north of the harbour (including the area that is meant to be protected) and potentially as far as 7km south.

Both areas contained highly significant tracksites, Dr Salisbury said, but there appeared to be no recommendations to counteract the effects.

Removing any prints from the nationally heritage listed site would also greatly diminish the heritage value of the entire area, he said.

“It is not just footprints that are preserved, but rather an entire Early Cretaceous landscape that is literally frozen in time,” he said.

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  1. THE federal government will put in $22.3 million to help indigenous land managers investigate the carbon farming possibilities.

    Announcing the measure yesterday, federal environment minister Tony Burke said the money would be handed out over five years and help indigenous land managers participate in the Carbon Farming Initiative.

    "The fund provides practical financial support for indigenous land managers who either have a carbon farming business ready to go and just need some seed funding to get it off the ground, or have a good idea for a project and want to investigate its feasibility," he said.

    The federal government is hoping for a win-win situation, with land managers helping to reduce the amount of carbon in the air while distributing proceeds from selling potential carbon farms to local communities.

    Round one of the program will see $1.3 million handed out in the form of $50,000 grants to help investigate carbon farming opportunities, with a $30,000 to help build a business with an existing project plan or completed feasibility assessment.

    So far the federal government has identified four carbon farming methods, with another 40 now going through the assessment process.

    The methods outline the rules for undertaking a carbon farming project, and parliamentary secretary for climate change Mark Dreyfus said two might be suitable for indigenous projects.

    In addition to the $22.3 million put aside, the federal government will also kick in a further $5.2 million into the development of carbon farming methods suitable for indigenous land managers.