Monday, April 22, 2013

Nowhere to Run To: A Global Resistance to Toxic Extraction Industry? | The Dreamer Propulsion Project

Nowhere to Run To: A Global Resistance to Toxic Extraction Industry? | The Dreamer Propulsion Project: On April 12, 2013, the province of British Columbia announced four new proposals for LNG export terminals on the north coast. One of the four companies involved, Australian based Woodside Petroleum, announced on the very same day that they were shelving plans for a $47 billion dollar LNG terminal in Australia.

Toronto actionThe reason Woodside gave for cancelling this project, which was the largest proposed construction project on the horizon for that country, was that the economics were no longer feasible. Nothing I’ve come across in the media references these two projects together, and so the company has not publically stated whether the Canadian proposal had anything to do with this decision.


  1. The power of money,some have less resistance than others.

    CCC warns of miners' pressure

    The State's corruption watchdog has warned that the hundreds of millions of dollars mining giants shower on Pilbara councils has created pressure to deliver "outcomes", including development approvals.

    When the Corruption and Crime Commission scrutinised four Pilbara councils' misconduct protocols three years ago, it found they did not have any - sparking a major review.

    The resulting report, tabled in Parliament last week, found the money big miners gave councils for community infrastructure came with negative consequences.

    "Staff at some Pilbara local governments indicated they felt significant pressure in responding to and delivering outcomes associated with large mining companies, their development proposals and their expectations," the report found.

    The CCC found evidence that informal business practices common in country WA appeared to be favoured by mining companies, including one which "preferred discussing business over dinner rather than at the shire offices".

    "The CCC was told that, as a result, staff often felt pressured and compromised," the report found.

    The Town of Port Hedland and Shire of Roebourne were described as being at the forefront of development pressure in the region.

    Town of Port Hedland acting chief executive Ian Hill told the CCC that contributions from mining companies involved "large investments of negotiation time and ongoing attention to the companies' requirements for recognition".

    He said misconduct management strategies were now being put in place.

    Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA chief executive Reg Howard-Smith welcomed the CCC's recommended improvements.

    "It is worth noting that report did not make any allegations or report any misconduct by any local government, company or individual," he said.
    WA Local Government Association chief executive Ricky Burges said it was appropriate that big companies assisted Pilbara councils financially in recognition of the impact they had on towns.

  2. Another big company in deep trouble guilty of shoving projects down locals throats without asking them first.Bullies they are.


    Rio Tinto accused of environmental and human rights breaches

    Native Mongolian herders angry that copper and gold mine is threatening fresh water supply and ecology


    Protesters from around the world attacked mining company Rio Tinto for a string for alleged environmental and human rights breaches during a fiery meeting with shareholders in London on Thursday.

    Native Mongolian herders claimed that a $5bn (£3.3bn) expansion of the company's Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine in the Gobi desert threatened the fresh water supply of hundreds of nomadic people and the area's unique ecology.

    Sukhgerel Dugersuren, executive director of Mongolian civil society organisation Oyu Tolgoi Watch, said: "Water is a life and death resource. Rio Tinto is diverting water without the consent of the local community or the government.

    "It is already evident that not only livestock but local communities are losing access to adequate water supply. Pasture ... [and] water resources are being taken from us and fenced in by the mine."

    She claimed that a tailings pond used to collect waste material from the mine had leaked and told Rio's board that the local community demanded assurances that "there isn't going to be a catastrophe in the region".


    Walsh said the mine, which is 34%-owned by the Mongolian government, would provide a massive boost to the local economy and could represent up to 36% of Mongolia's GDP.

    Protesters also raised concerns about Rio's planned mines in Bristol Bay, Alaska, a controversial iron ore mine in Guinea, and a nickel and copper mine in Michigan.


    If anyone is interested the LNG17 in Houston has wrapped up and Barnett will/wont be happy as the next one will be held in Perth.


    Barnett will not want this news but it seems Dalek Group are intent on many overtures to Cypress their partners include Noble who is partners with Woodside.This could mean Woodside will be building and running an LNG plant on the island of Cypress....hmmm...nice spot.

    ...However I don't have a subscription to ENB but I can guess what Slugcatcher is going on about here...

    Slugcatcher on Woodside’s unmixables

    Monday, 22 April 2013

    OIL and water are often named as two of the world’s great “unmixables” but from what Slugcatcher has been watching recently there is an even more difficult combination: oil and religion.


    A story around town that Buru have to drill so deep to get down into the shale in the Canning Basin they are looking for a huge rig capable of drilling down (and along) for many kilometres.
    Said to be twice the size of anything we've seen here before,although 1 was recently imported into WA,it is said to have a fully automated pipe handling system.This is said to be the beginning of fully automated drill rigs which like the Pilbara dump trucks could be operated from 1,000's of klms away.NASA is involved in some of this new technology.