Collective lobbying of Burke has been intense and involves calls on him to reject the WA 'strategic assessment', prevent Woodside's imminent dune-drilling operation, and hold an inquiry under the EPBC Act on multiple documented grounds including:
- Recent listing of Monsoon Vine Thicket (MVT) as 'endangered' under EPBC Act;
- Previous EPA assessments (1990 and 1991) recommending AGAINST development in this same area due, explicitly, to monsoon vine thickets, dinosaur fossils and Indigenous heritage values;
- EPA's seriously misleading statements in its 2008 Section 16(e) advice on potential gas hub sites in the Kimberley, which claimed there is no MVT at JPP (there is!); no previous conservation reserve proposals for the area (there have been several!), and failing to mention dinosaur tracks at all;
- Failure to address Indigenous heritage issues;
- Failure to address social impacts;
- The fact there has been NO ASSESSMENT of plans to dump all the gas hub's dredge spoil in Commonwealth waters off JPP - right where DSD
and Barnett say is the main Humpback whale migration area. The EPA
said it had not assessed this because it is "outside our jurisdiction".
This is key as Burke has to specifically approve any permit application to dump anything in Commonwealth waters;
- Greenhouse gas emissions changes - Minister Marmion's dropping of EPA's proposed GHG abatement conditions - due to alleged 'duplication' of Cwth abatement measures;
- New whale information from community survey showing far more whales in waters close to JPP than DSD and Woodside have reported/admitted;
- National Heritage-listed dinosaur tracksites - latest research showing JPP even richer in tracksites than previously recognised.
We are now running up against timing of two other key factors: The joint venture partner's 'Final Investment Decision' due end June, and the Federal election campaign.