Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Unconventional gas - energy saviour or environmental problem - Big Ideas - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Unconventional gas - energy saviour or environmental problem - Big Ideas - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Unconventional gas - energy saviour or environmental problem

Wednesday 6 November 2013 8:05PM
The new rush created by the rise of unconventional gas technologies is a politically-charged issue. This talk will explore questions such as how important is unconventional gas to Australia’s economy and domestic energy sector? What are the environmental risks and can they be managed?


  1. RE the mud plant next to the hovercraft base -

    It's about time the different sides stopped arguing and got down to business.

    Shell is advertising for a "Shell Operations Supervisor" for Broome.

    The person must live here and will be responsible for the FLNG.

    Nothing will happen at JPP.

    Broome port will be it - the future of Broome's prosperity.

    It is way past time the simple issues surrounding the wise use of land around the port and out of town were sorted out by all parties - otherwise a dogs breakfast will be the result.


    Previously posted :

    "Anonymous November 5, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    I don't know why this is going on because everyone now seems to be on board the plan for Broome Port to be the supply base.

    No one wants to spend the billion + $'s to build anything at Prices Point.

    There is no reason why some yards and business's cant re-locate to land out of town and make room for the industry that has to be close to the port.

    There are only some things that need space to be stored short term near the port.

    There is no reason why land that is of high conservation value cant be looked after.

    We have plenty of space for everything as long as land is allocated wisely.

    Why is there no conversation between environmentalists and the Shire?

    This is simple stuff and should be easy for anyone to work out - even me!

    Broome definitely needs to get horse trading so we can have the port and the land that must be conserved can be looked after with the respect it deserves.

    For that matter hasn't anyone at the new Yawuru office got any common sense with this very simple matter?

    God almighty come on Broome - could it get any more simple than this?"


    A very simple matter that seems to be complicated by the hangover from JPP -

    Aboriginal Heritage/High conservation values Vs. Power plays by greed is good at any cost.

    It's a big country there is room for everything if only people could get their heads together and use it wisely.

    This will define Broome into the future maybe even more so than the over-hyped fracking issue.

    The lesson of JPP being if it isn't going to make big dollars it won't happen - there are too many opportunities elsewhere.

    eg Why spend well over a billion $'s on a disaster at JPP when a fraction of that amount will get the job done at the port.

    BUT we can have a beautiful scenic high conservation values port AND a great supply base.

    What's not to like?


  2. A good example of this argument is in this weeks Broome Advertiser.

    A letter titled "Business people are backbone".

    Peter Wrigley is having a go at Craig Phillips for wanting "a sustainable Broome".

    Taking the proposed mud plant as an example - when the big ocean liners dock at the port and the wealthy tourists are bussed into town what would they rather see?

    A road lined with all sorts of industry OR a road with well thought out use and a good healthy natural buffer between the beautiful beaches and the various industries?

    A port that says "Broome Port" or a port that says "another Port Hedland"?

    "We love our town" or "our town is a dump"?

    Surely no matter who it is - Environs Kimberley or the Chamber of Commerce - everyone wants a Broome that looks good.

    I honestly feel this stupid us or them argument about JPP should be forgotten and all should concentrate on what we all want - a beautiful town and surrounds.

    All parties need to get together and plan this out for the next 100 years.

    Having industries re-locate to cheap land out of town will free up blocks that are really needed close up to the port and also save a hell of a lot of truck traffic into the industrial port area and allow for the valuable conservation areas to exist and flourish.

    A well thought out supply base surrounded by beautiful bush,wildlife and beaches.

    A pleasure to work in and great for the tourists and locals alike.

    Remember there are different classes of laydown areas - from short term to long term - and most ports are supplied from industrial areas far away from them - usually 20+ kilometres.

    A 10 or 20 minute drive is neither here nor there.