Monday, November 5, 2012

James Price Point and beyond Q&A

The Broome Community No Gas Campaign has worked for years, firstly to understand what LNG processing was all about and all the environmental, social, cultural and economic ramifications that this 14 LNG trains (14 refrigerators) would bring on down the line into our community.

We have cried out of years for national and international attention to our plight in opposing Woodside's invasion. Once, upon a time, the main stream media only showed interest in our story when the WA Police force were sent in to break our resistance and bully us into submission to the corporate and state will. 

 Yes, it was passionate, there were fireworks, there were the "attack dogs" but what the main stream media and the general public did not hear about was the aftermath, how this experience impacted our community and how it also consolidated us. 

Once we wiped away the tears, brushed off the pindan, paid all the fines, this wonderful community responded with the long loved Broome creative spirit. Banners covered our town in protest, film, documentaries, art, poetry, writings, community science research and photography exhibitions abounded. Local rallies spread across the nation in solidarity, candle light vigils were held, mothers days, concerts and information sessions were undertaken, numerous work delaying blockades and lock on actions proved to be successful stalling tactics, court cases on all levels of justice have been summoned, shire meetings attendances improved, all in the hope of raising our campaign profile and understanding of our community angst. 

Social media is now saturated with our issues, quality blog sites created and massive information networks interwoven. Major national conservation groups joined forces, all wishing to work with our community, along with bold, the beautiful and the famous and suddenly our campaign was seen for what it really is a " localized transnational resistance" 

And we are succeeding; we are winning the hearts and support of thousands, nationally and internationally. And from this point this community's campaign can only get bigger and more effective. Woodside are realizing that the only way out, is to leave.

If someone told Red Hand, in 2010 that the campaign would eventually attract the attention of programs from Living Black, the Country Hour, Four Corners, Catalyst, New Scientist, Q & A and make all the national papers with many many front pages, I would have not believed them.
Barnett seemed to get away with a lot of his old lies, last night. " only 1000 hectare site", "one refrigerator" (14 !!!!) , " no Cultural Songline", "no effect for the whales", "or dinosaur track sites", blah blah blah .............. but people are far more informed than he gives them credit. There is no such thing as bad publicity. 

Congratulations, to all the Broome Community, and their supporters around this nation and planet, because we are driving one of the nation's major environmental campaigns,  we are heading in the right direction, with good speed. 

The only question I have is "Who paid for poor darling Rita's ticket to Perth?"
Check out all the other questions on the Q&A Site.


Well,not bad I thought.Best part of 1/2 hour on Q&A tonight about JPP.Barnett told his usual porkies but they just didn't seem to carry as much weight this time.

The ground has definately shifted,and shifted in favour of the "no gas at JPP" camp.

It is still very sad to see Rita Augustine hoping that a gas plant will stop the suicides.Sad to hear Barnett use that and child abuse to justify his scheme.

If any of that was true then the first place to build a gas plant would have to be The Vatican.
How any whitefella can point a finger at the blackfellas over these issues is beyond me.
I went to an all white school and we had kids committing suicide because of abuse and no one ever suggested a gas plant was the answer.

Apart from all that Bob Brown was very good as was the Indigenous lawyer and Allanah.
The point that Broome would have as many jobs as needed from being a shore supply base was well made.

At one stage Tony Jones,who seems to get more about JPP than anything else,referred to the gas hub as "this disaster."


  1. Yeah GO REDHAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Thanks to BCNGC for this.

    (the transcipt of the JPP section of Q&A)

    Thought it would be interesting to list Barnett's porkies :

    1/COLIN BARNETT: Yes, thank you. Look, it's not a factory, it's a giant refrigerator. It's very clean. It takes natural gas and it cools it to a liquid. That's all it does. As to the site, it's 1,000 hectares. 1,000 hectares in the Kimberley....

    2/this is perhaps the most important act of self-determination by Aboriginal people in Australian history and we should respect the views of the Aboriginal people who did vote 164 yes for the project, 108 against. Three to two, that's the ratio.

    3/TONY JONES: Premier, did you put the Kimberley Land Council in an impossible situation when you threatened to compulsorily acquire the land if they did not approve this project?


    4/Now, the land will be used for the LNG plant. When that plant finishes its effective life, which might be 50 or 60 years, then that land will be rehabilitated

    5/COLIN BARNETT: Can I just say we do but the one thing the Government can't do is create real jobs. That's what this project does.

    6/COLIN BARNETT: Well, when the search for the most appropriate site started there were 43 sites looked at on the Kimberley coast and this site was selected because it has the minimal environmental impact, it was distant from any population, a whole lot of other factors. So I've talked to Joseph about this and at various stages he's been, I think, quite accepting of it and I respect those who don't want it to occur. But can I just say on the vote of the Aboriginal people, that was conducted in accordance with the Commonwealth Native Title Act under the supervision of the Federal Court. There was no duress, there was no pressure, it was a decision taken by the elders of the Dampier Peninsula and I respect their decision.

    7/as I understand, three of the four joint venturers actually supported the gas being taken to the Pilbara and processed in an industrial - in a setting that is already industrialised.

    COLIN BARNETT: Well, that's - for a whole lot of reasons I don't think that's a realistic economic solution. However, some of the joint venturers actually favour floating LNG, a huge ship, barge, off the coast and if you think about it not a single job in construction for Australia, not a single probably crew member on it for Australia and the two choices are floating LNG or develop at James Price Point.

    8/ALANNAH MacTIERNAN: So you're saying there's not a chance to actually take it down to the Pilbara? That's not an option?

    COLIN BARNETT: Well, no, it just doesn't stack up in terms of the development of both the Carnarvon and Browse Basin.
    ....You can't squeeze it into an existing plant that's already operating.

    9/COLIN BARNETT: Well they need jobs (indistinct).

    10/but this is the first time you've seen in Australia, perhaps along with the Ord River Project, the inclusion of Aboriginal people and real jobs and real economic opportunity and hope can coinciding and part of a major industrial development. That hasn't happened before.

    11/she said “I am tired. I am tired of going to funerals of young people who have no hope.” Well, for those young people, this is hope and it is a small compromise on the environment. The whales, Bob, they swim through the busy shipping areas of the Pilbara. This LNG plant will probably have three ships a week coming in and out. The whales are not going to bump into the ships and the ships won't bump into the whales.

  3. cont...

    12/Do you reject that legitimacy?

    COLIN BARNETT: No, I don't, Tony. But this would be the most studied piece of land in Australia almost. It's had, you know, tens of millions of dollars, hundreds of millions of dollars of assessment on it and, indeed, the actual plant, if you like, this giant refrigerator will be set back off the beach because of the songlines and it will be set away from any - in fact it's moved 900 metres to the south to avoid what are some dinosaur footprints. Mind you, I can say on the dinosaur footprints, because that is important that they stretch for 200 kilometres along that coastline. The beach front, if you like, of this plant is one kilometre and it actually will be built around so it won't even impact on those. So, look, I respect the traditional ownership. Yes, there are heritage sites. There are heritage sites right throughout the Kimberley, you know, but this is a very small part of the Kimberley.

    13/We have no interfered that as a government. We have left that to the native title process in the Federal Court. That's how they've adjudicated.

    14/This is a real opportunity for self-determination and economic independence and that drives me as much as the economics of the gas project.

    1. I won't list the true facts,sure they are obvious to all.

  4. Agreement reserves portion of gas discoveries

    It is estimated the Canning Basin, in the remote north of WA, holds the potential for about one-and-a-half times the amount of unconventional gas than current offshore resources can yield.

    The State Government says the agreement ensures 15 per cent of any gas processed for export is reserved for WA's domestic gas market.

    The 25 year agreement also legislates the continued exploration of the basin as well as the DEVELOPMENT OF A GAS PIPELINE TO THE PILBARA.

  5. Despite the disappointing result from the Canning Basin well, which encountered no hydrocarbon shows from the targeted Yellow Drum dolomite, Green Rock said East Blina-1 and the previous Backreef-1 wells demonstrated “good reservoir development”.

    It said it viewed the Backreef area as prospective due to the potential of conventional oil and deeper unconventional targets in the Gogo and Virgin Hills formations.

    It also pointed to drilling planned by Buru Energy next year at neighbouring EP 129 as having the potential to provide the joint venture with more valuable information


    Rio Tinto has given the NT government an ultimatum: no gas, no Gove refinery.

    It was proposing to close the refinery there and just mine bauxite.

    The costs of diesel generation have cruelled the economics of the operation, which has been estimated to be losing more than $200 million a year.

    Closure of the refinery would have had a devastating effect on the nearby town of Nhulunbuy, which is home to about 4600 people.


    AN ORGANISER of an LNG industry initiative that trains Queensland Aboriginal people in drilling says he has been overwhelmed by the interest in the scheme.

    Fourteen Iman people aged between 18 and 45 recently became the first to complete the six-week program.

    Iman representative Ken Waterton said he had been “inundated with calls from people in my community desperate to secure a place on the next course”.

    “I have a waiting list with enough names to fill another two courses at least,” Waterton said.

    The Iman people’s traditional lands encompass areas in the Surat Basin coal seam gas fields around Wandoan and Taroom.

    The training course is jointly funded by Australia Pacific LNG, Queensland Curtis LNG and Energy Skills Queensland.

    Successful participants receive a certificate II in drilling.


    India’s Petronet looks to Canadian LNG

    Petronet has met Canada’s Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver and wants to buy the fuel from projects on the North American nation’s east coast, chief executive officer AK Balyan said in an interview in Sydney.

    It is also seeking contracts from Australia to Russia to meet India’s energy demand that is estimated to more than double by 2035.