Monday, December 24, 2012

Gas field demonstrator's conviction is quashed

Gas field demonstrator's conviction is quashed:
Last December Mr Hutton was convicted in the Dalby Magistrates Court under section 805 of Queensland's Petroleum and Gas Act, which provides for fines of up to $50,000 against anyone who obstructs an oil and gas company from entering, crossing or carrying out any other authorised activity on land covered by an exploration or production licence - on condition that they have been properly warned by the company.

But District Court Judge Fleur Kingham acquitted Mr Hutton - the only person to have been convicted under the law - on the basis that he was not properly warned by QGC. Her judgment criticised the ''awkward and ambiguous drafting of section 805''.


  1. Energy wrangles.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has unveiled the final extension of a new $US25 billion ($24 billion) oil pipeline to the Pacific that underscores the energy power's gradual shift away from stagnant European markets.

    The East Siberia-Pacific Ocean (ESPO) link is also expected to expand sales to the United States and fulfil Putin's dream of cementing Russia's place as a dominant force in international crude markets.

    Moscow hopes to turn the price of oil transported through ESPO into a benchmark in the Asia-Pacific region that competes with West Texas Intermediate (WTI) - the US oil standard whose price some traders believe is too heavily based on domestic political factors
    "The American market will receive 35 per cent of Kozmino oil," Nikolai Tokarev said at the opening ceremony in comments reported by the company's website.

    "Around 30 per cent will go to Japan and 28 per cent to China."

    Tokarev appeared to be placing his bets on new markets as he dismissed the idea of offering Europe any assurances that the continent could continue to rely on Russian oil.

    "We do not owe a single EU country a thing, and we are certainly not obligated to account for ourselves," RIA Novosti quoted Tokarev as saying.


    Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) launched a naval exercise in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday.

    According to the Press TV, the drills, code-named Fajr-91 (Dawn- 91) and planned to last four days, are conducted in the area of South Pars gas field in the Persian Gulf.

    The South Pars/North Dome field is a natural gas condensate field located in the Persian Gulf, and is the world's largest gas field shared between Iran and Qatar.

    Iran has test-fired long and short-range missiles during the military drill in the Strait of Hormuz. Iran's submarines also hit pre-determined targets during the exercises, using domestically- manufactured torpedoes

    In September, Iran's navy announced that it launched the overhauled super-heavy Tareq 901 submarine which had been repaired by Iranian experts.


    Pakistan has decided to kick-start work of the controversial Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project, in view of the severe energy crisis being faced by the country’s textile industry, especially in Punjab, Petroleum Minister Dr. Asim Hussain said.

    ...the Government would soon launch the project in association with Iran, which has undertaken to provide some technical assistance and US$ 500 million for the project.


    Chicago Bridge and Iron

    NEW YORK--A joint venture consisting of U.S. company CB&I and Japan's Chiyoda Corporation has been picked to participate in a liquefied natural gas project in Mozambique, CB&I said Monday

    “CC JV, a joint venture comprising of CB&I and Chiyoda Corporation, has been awarded a contract for the Front End Engineering and Design for the onshore natural gas liquefaction facility project in an LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) park in the Cabo Delgado Province of ... the Republic of Mozambique,” said a statement.

    The first LNG cargo is planned for 2018.

    Mozambique lies at the southern tip of a fault line running along the east African coast to Somalia, forming a geologically inviting region for natural gas that has become the focus of an exploration boom in recent years.

    1. Another interesting address :

      Taiwan to explore oil, gas in South China Sea

      According to the KMT's Lin Yu-fang, the Taiwan-controlled island recently enhanced its defense capability in September with eight sets of 40 mm autocannons and a number of 120 mm mortars.

      The military enhancement is expected to help the government better explore the region, he added.

      Taiping Island is the biggest island in the Spratly chain and is currently manned by more than 100 Coast Guard personnel from Taiwan.

      The 0.49-square-kilometer island lies about 1,600 kilometers southwest of Kaohsiung in Southern Taiwan.

      Mainland China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines also claim all or part of the Spratly archipelago.

  2. Carol Martin and Barnett can read this and go check their records on this disaster,"..A SYSTEM THAT HAS BEEN MASSIVELY UNDERFUNDED FOR DECADES..."

    A man mistaken for an escaped Graylands patient was picked up by police, detained at the hospital and given strong antipsychotic drugs, which caused him to fall ill before authorities realised their mistake.

    The astonishing mix-up happened after an involuntary patient of eight months walked out of Graylands without permission on December 14.

    Hospital staff called police to help find and return the patient.

    Two days later, a man "fitting the description" was brought by police to Graylands, where staff wrongly identified him as the missing patient.

    He was then administered the antipsychotic drug Clozapine, generally given to schizophrenia patients when other medication has failed. The drug caused an adverse reaction and the man was treated in Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital overnight.

    The missing patient returned to Graylands on December 16.

    Debora Colvin, head of mental health advocacy group the Council of Official Visitors, said the incident was extremely concerning.

    "The identification process needs to be looked at thoroughly," she said. "There has to be an investigation into what happened and why Graylands staff didn't recognise he was not the right person.

    "It is a very serious drug."

    Ms Colvin said the council had raised concerns about a lack of refresher training and medication proficiency tests for Graylands staff in September last year, and had been told it would be looked into. She said compulsory patient identity bracelets should be considered.

    Greens MP and spokeswoman for mental health Alison Xamon called Graylands hopelessly outdated.

    "We are talking about a system that has been massively underfunded for decades and that will have contributed to the problem quite significantly," she said.



  3. The wrongfully detained man is homeless and aboriginal and,not surprisingly, missing.

    Mental Health Minister Helen Morton did not know last night if her department was still in contact with a man wrongly held and given a dangerous antipsychotic drug.

    She said she was concerned for the 27-year-old man’s well-being after he was given the strong drug Clozapine, which can have serious side effects.

    It is understood authorities are trying to find the man to ensure he gets necessary treatment.

    WA Police refused to answer further questions yesterday.

    Council of Official Visitors chief Debora Colvin said it was vital that the victim was told of potential side effects from Clozapine, including seizures, cardiomyopathy and a low white blood cell count.

    She said patients on Clozapine required regular blood tests

    Mental Health Law Centre principal solicitor Sandra Boulter says this is not the first time an incident like this has occurred.

    "I am certainly aware of one patient, one client of ours, who was admitted mistakenly and another two clients who were admitted on a false report where [it] was subsequently established that they did not have a psychiatric illness," she said.

    She says she it is not sure if authorities are aware of the second incident.

    "I'm not sure about that" she said.

    "Our clients were unwilling to complain about what happened to them because they were fearful of being further traumatised by taking an action against the state."

    Ms Boulter says she wants to confirm that authorities are in contact with the wrongfully detained man.


    Paige Taylor in the Australian.

    Broome homelessness 'at crisis point'


    And another thing,if the "little children" really were sacred then why didn't the government send the army in to guard churchgoers and kids in homes run by these people or by the government?

    Maybe it's true,little children are only sacred if they happen to be Aboriginal and live on top of a potential minesite.


    So where are Carol "The Coconut" Martin and Colon "Herr Dictator" Barnett now?

    Working on the next installment of "Dirty Business - How to make money out of Genocide"
    (Getting Fat - the Original European Business Model)


    Preparing for the FOOD TAX.

    LOWER commodities prices and the high Australian dollar have forced the main resources states to slash their royalties forecasts by $5.6 billion, adding to pressure on the Gillard government to overhaul the GST and ease cost pressures on mining projects.


    That should kick things along a bit!

    1. The clever girl who became a 'rough sleeper'

      by: PAIGE TAYLOR
      From:The Australian
      December 27, 201212:00AM

      M Mandijara died alone in Broome lockup earlier this month.

      Some police have privately told the Australian they are not qualified as doctors and nurses, and feel very uneasy locking up people with medical conditions.

      The coroner is due to report on Ms Mandijara’s case in the new year.


      Broome homelessness 'at crisis point'

      by: PAIGE TAYLOR
      From:The Australian
      December 27, 201212:00AM

      The Australian says homelessness in Broome is at an all time high.

      The newspaper attributes this to the high numbers of people moving in from other parts of the Kimberley.

  4. "Petty" Barnett cancells Xmas lunch for nurses and helpers.

    Staff at Royal Perth Hospital were told the traditional Christmas meals for those rostered on was cancelled due to industrial action by United Voice.

    The ban covered all staff, not just the patient service assistants represented by that union.

    Roger Cook says the dispute has been going on for months and a resolution needs to be found.

    "Well what it seems is that the government is being very petty in the face of difficult negotiations with patient care assistants and with the nurses," he said.

    "And it's unfortunate that they should take that out on nurses working in the front line in relation to their Christmas lunches."


    Ocean heatwave causes lobster disaster.

    Dozens of professional rock lobster fishermen are facing financial heartache after a dramatic slump in the number of the prized species being caught so far this summer.

    In a development that could push the market price of lobsters over the $40/kg mark, lobster fishermen have reported record low catches as part of the annual "whites run".

    "The breeding stock is very healthy, egg production is very healthy . . . yet the settlement of the baby rock lobster coming back is at historical lows."
    'Environmental factors appear to be the key to what's happening in the rock lobster fishery.'" *Stuart Smith * Fisheries director-general