Thursday, November 21, 2013

Buru's Bullshit

Buru are planning to undertake over 32 fractures in four existing wells on the Roebuck Plains in 2014. They are misleading the public by claiming that fracking is a  proven and safe process. They state that they will ensure the best and the most scientific practises to protect the Kimberley water source.

Their care can be clearly seen (not) in this video of their current practises and work sites. Buru claim that they will use only 31 megalitres of water in these planned fracking activities in 2014 and that Fracking fluid will be just 0.2 of that water use.

They go on to state in our local newspaper that fracking fluids are safe and are common in household products but are just in tinier qualities. Buru state they are western Australian and that they care for the Kimberley!.

On the 17th of Dec, Buru are planning a community information session in Broome at the Civic Centre from 2pm - 5.30pm. However, you are encouraged  to register your interest to attend.
Buru's Bullshit



    "While eying WA's large offshore gas fields, BHP is also interested in unconventional onshore gas following its shale expansion in the US.

    At the opening of the new Macedon gas plant near Onslow in September the head of BHP's conventional gas business Steve Pastor said BHP was eager to learn more about the CANNING Basin and talk with WA Premier Colin BARNETT about "opportunities to enter into that"."


    BHP says gas could be bigger than iron ore

    BHP Billiton boss Andrew Mackenzie believes gas will one day overtake iron ore as the mining giant's biggest earner.

    But for now the world's biggest mining company is concentrating on expanding its potash portfolio in Canada to cash in on the world's need for food.

    While China's demand for steel has made West Australian iron ore the biggest contributor to BHP, Mr Mackenzie sees a point in the future when gas will make up a larger part of the business.

    "Yeah, of course I can see a point," Mr Mackenzie said after BHP's annual general meeting (AGM) in Perth this week.

    "It depends on China, it depends on the choices that the world makes in terms of energy, it depends on the competitiveness of Australian gas versus gas elsewhere."

    The AGM was peppered with questions about how the company, which is focused on its "four pillars" of iron ore, petroleum, copper and coal, is positioning itself for a future affected by climate change and reduced carbon emissions.

    "We're having to think quite quickly about how we adapt our portfolio in light of many of the issues that were raised at this AGM," Mr Mackenzie said.

    But he added that there was flexibility in the portfolio to adapt quickly.


    It comes as global oil and gas companies look to capitalise on an expected lift in gas demand from China and Japan.

    BHP and joint venture partner ExxonMobil recently received federal environmental approval to build the world's largest floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) operation in the remote Scarborough gas field 220km offshore in north Western Australia.

    But Mr Mackenzie is tight lipped about the project's progress, referring questions to the operator ExxonMobil.

    Exxon says a decision to pursue a floating option will be made by the end of the year and it hopes to start production in 2020/21.

    While eying WA's large offshore gas fields, BHP is also interested in unconventional onshore gas following its shale expansion in the US.

    At the opening of the new Macedon gas plant near Onslow in September the head of BHP's conventional gas business Steve Pastor said BHP was eager to learn more about the Canning Basin and talk with WA Premier Colin Barnett about "opportunities to enter into that".

    A recent HSBC report showed Australia has the seventh largest shale gas reserves in the world.

    The remote onshore Canning Basin has received attention from major oil and gas players, including Mitsubishi and ConocoPhillips.

    Still, Mr Mackenzie has made it clear that for the foreseeable future his company will be investing heavily in potash, which is used as a crop nutrient.

    BHP's $US2.6 billion spend on the Jansen potash project in Saskatchewan will cost about $US12 billion to get into production.

    On its own Jansen would not be a big enough business to rival the four main BHP businesses, but good exploration results on nearby acquired land would enable the company to exploit a large area in the future, Mr Mackenzie said.

    "For the long-term we're thinking about possibilities in potash, copper is still a very interesting metal to invest in and our portfolio between strong minerals and strong oil and gas is something we'd like to maintain."
    Potash is viewed as a consumption commodity for the future as the world's population and incomes grow.

  2. Fresh evidence on Kimberley fish stocks, river health

    LOCAL researchers have presented the first quantitative evidence to support the perception that accessibility to ephemeral (transitory) rivers in WA’s north may impact the abundance of some fish species.

    UWA Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management expert Dr Paul Close says while this is preliminary evidence, it suggests there are big gaps in understanding the sustainability of fish stocks in ephemeral rivers and water holes.

    The evidence was collected as an ‘off-shoot’ of a study conducted in 2009 in the Kimberley’s Fitzroy River which was part of a federally-funded nation-wide program.

    “We collected fantastic data and when we got back to the office we started thinking about the health of the river and realised the sites that we collected fish from, encompassed a gradient of fishing pressure,” Dr Close says.

    “So we started looking at the data in terms of how accessible the sites were to both Aboriginal communities and recreational fishers.”

    Dr Close says there has long been a perception that fishing reduces the abundance of some species, particularly for Indigenous communities, which rely on these fish for both recreational and customary purposes.

    “These fish can become restricted to disconnected habitats and isolated in these river pools, so it would suggest they are predisposed to fishing because they can’t move away,” Dr Close says.

    “There was anecdotal evidence, but nobody had ever produced a very good quantitative data set.”

    Dr Close emphasises this data is only preliminary evidence, and more than anything, reveals how much more research must be conducted.

    “So we need to understand the harvest quantities [how many fish are being pulled out of the system at different times of the year] and what they’re being used for,” he says.

    “That part is relatively easy, it would just take investment from relevant agencies to conduct survey of fishing groups.

    “However, we really also need to understand [what issues are important].

    “For example, barramundi migrate between sea and freshwater so even if you had pulled out all the barramundi from the pool, the following wet season you would have recolonisation in the river pools because they swim back upstream.

    “But for things like fork-tail catfish and jenkins grunter, that complete their whole life cycle in the river, it raises a whole lot of ecological questions.”


    This study was a collaborative effort and was presented at the WA Freshwater Fish Symposium. The Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management is based in Albany.

  3. Australia, Britain reject move by countries for climate compensation

    AUSTRALIA has won support from Britain and others to head off demands for compensation payments to countries hit by damage they blame on climate change, sparking anger at a global summit meant to strike a deal this weekend.

    Acting on Tony Abbott's edict to avoid any new financial commitments, Australian negotiators have held out against calls to support the "loss and damage" payments sought by poorer countries.


    Tony Abbott picks industry leaders for 'the indigenous dozen'

    TONY Abbott has recruited 12 of the most powerful business and indigenous figures in the country to provide advice on Aboriginal economic reform, including Westpac chief executive Gail Kelly and Rio Tinto managing director David Peever.

    The Weekend Australian has obtained the full list of Mr Abbott's hand-picked appointees to the Prime Minister's indigenous council, which will be led by Aboriginal leader Warren Mundine and give him bold ideas to closing the disadvantage gap.


    Legacy warning in mine collapse

    THE subsidence of an abandoned mine site in remote Western Australia has highlighted the "gigantic legacy headache" posed by deserted mines in the state.

    A farmer stumbled across the collapsed mine at Norilsk's Lake Johnston nickel operations, 540km east of Perth. A surface area equivalent to three football fields has collapsed, with trees and shrubs dropping 30m into the pit and wide cracks snaking into the bush and posing a threat of further edge collapse.


  4. The 3 headlines above are all from The Australian.

    It was revealed on Insiders this morning that Minister Morrison briefs The Australian each morning - (no other media invited) - BUT when questioned later in the day about THE SAME subjects he briefed The Australian on he refuses to answer the questions.

    Morrison denying Morrison.

    1. The Australian is now known as

      "The Liberal Party Daily Express"