Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Message to Woodside executives Peter Coleman and Vince Santostefano, from the Broome Community

WoodsideWe have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”
We, the Broome community and surrounding communities, have before us an ordeal of the most grievous and kind. 

We have behind and more before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is our policy? We say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that Country can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim?

 We can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.

Let that be realised, Woodside; no survival for the Broome community, no survival for all that the Broome community has stood for, no survival for the urge and impulse of the ages, that mankind will move forward towards its goal. But we will all take up our task with buoyancy and hope. We feel sure that our cause will not be suffered to fail among people. At this time we feel entitled to claim the aid of all, and we all say, “come then, let us go forward together with our united strength. Woodside, enter dune country at your peril.

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  1. Coal seam gas buffer zones alarm the miners

    The state government's new coal seam gas restrictions have hit projects valued in the billions of dollars

    The massive western Sydney gas expansion has been scuppered and about a quarter of the Hunter Valley is now excluded from drilling by the new rule preventing coal seam gas activity within two kilometres of homes.

    AGL said the situation for the industry was ''disastrous'' and the changes appeared to be arbitrary.

    ''If I look at investments that have been made and the potential future investments that have been potentially taken off the table then you could be talking a couple of billion dollars worth of investment,'' AGL's chief executive, Michael Fraser, said.

    Metgasco, which has talked up the possibility of gas drilling worth $2 billion in several sites across northern NSW, told the stock exchange the changes could have a ''significant impact'' on its plans.

    Large portions of the company's maps cover areas that are within the two-kilometre buffer zone around houses.

    Dart Energy's drilling operation at Fullerton Cove, near Newcastle, is now unlikely to proceed because of the buffer zone



    Captain Paul Watson claimed the Nisshin Maru had rammed both the Steve Irwin and the Bob Barker "but both vessels continue to hold their positions. The Bob Barker is taking on water in their engine room".

    They were in the Southern Ocean, north of the Australian Casey Research Station.

    Speaking from aboard the Steve Irwin, Watson said Bob Barker, with 38 crew was hit a number of times as they tried to stop the Nisshin Maru from refuelling, which he says is illegal in the Southern Ocean.

    ''(It) has lost power, toppled the main mast, smashed up the deck,'' he said.

    A mayday has been issued but the crew had managed to stop water from coming in, he said.

    The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is responsible for responding to maydays in that part of the ocean. The authority is in the process of responding.

    Capt Watson said the Japanese ship had also struck the Korean-owned fuel tanker, the Sun Laurel.



    Woodside’s chief executive Peter Coleman said the 2012 result was underpinned by a 31 per cent increase in production and 30 per cent lift in sales revenue.

    Mr Coleman said Pluto LNG performed at better-than-expected rates due to high reliability in the production ramp-up phase.

    Between its start-up last April and the end of calendar 2012, Pluto LNG produced 2.7 million tonnes of LNG and 2.1 million barrels of condensate.

    Woodside’s investment expenditure fell 53 per cent in 2012

    The group lifted its investment expenditure forecast for 2013 to $US2.6 billion ($A2.52 billion) in 2013 due to anticipated additional costs associated with the Leviathan and Myanmar projects.

    The expected investment expenditure amount is made up of $US2.1 billion ($A2.04 billion) capital plus $US500 million ($A485.34 million) of exploration expenditure.

    ‘‘This estimate does not yet include forecast project expenditure that would result from a final investment decision for the proposed Browse LNG development,’’ Woodside said.



    AWU State Secretary Stephen Price, who is at the AWU conference, said there were excellent elements of the manufacturing plan, but the report missed "a golden opportunity" by not being tougher on FLNG.

    He said it was unclear how the Government's requirement that resource projects above $2 billion have a local content officer would work on an FLNG venture that was dealing solely with overseas suppliers.

    Federal shadow minister for Industry and Innovation Sophie Mirabella said it was against "mandating for more red tape".
    Premier Colin Barnett has vowed to oppose FLNG but not said how.