November 1st, 2013
WELCOME. Environs Kimberley or EK is the peak conservation organisation for the Kimberley region, one of the world’s last wilderness areas.
Our natural habitats are facing unprecedented threats from too frequent fires, feral animals, weeds, broadscale land-clearing, dams and encroaching industrial development. Native mammals are disappearing.
Through its West Kimberley Nature Project, Environs Kimberley (EK) is conducting innovative work with Aboriginal ranger groups to better manage the threats to rare and endangered Kimberley ecosystems (click here).
Across the region, miners are exploring 25,000 km² for coal, over 120,000 km² for shale gas, that would be extracted by ‘fracking’, and more than 10,000 km² for bauxite. (Sydney’s urban area covers 1687 km²). The region is also facing exploration for oil, iron ore, copper, diamonds, rare earths, lead, zinc and uranium.
JAMES PRICE POINT
James Price Point, 50km north of Broome on one of the world’s most pristine coastlines, was the proposed site for the largest gas processing plant in the world. If approved, it would have opened up the floodgates to industrial development on a scale never seen before in northern Australia (for more information (click here). To find out how the campaign successfully protected this special part of the Kimberley coast, go here.
HELP TO PROTECT THE KIMBERLEY.
November 9th, 2014
Broome locals opposed to fracking by Buru Energy have set up a camp at the Jackeroo turn-off. ABC News: Erin Parke
Broome locals opposed to a fracking program planned in the Canning Basin are gearing up for a wet season camp-out to try to stop Buru Energy’s work in the area.
In recent weeks, the company has cleared more than 100 hectares of land to lay a grid of seismic testing lines in the area 70 kilometres from Broome.
The mining company is also due to start a series of so-called ‘mini-fracks’, where high-pressure guns are used to test rock strength, at two wells in coming weeks.
October 21st, 2014
About 10 people have occupied the Perth headquarters of Buru Energy over concerns about fracking, protestors say.
Police arrived this morning after the protestors refused to leave the company’s second-floor offices in the CBD.
Organiser Jaime Farrant said the group was protesting against fracking in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.
October 11th, 2014
The West Australian
Buru gets hands on gas with Yakka Munga deal
Oil and gas explorer Buru Energy has paid millions of dollars to secure a prized cattle station which covers 189,000ha in the heart of the Kimberley.
Buru trumped five other bidders to purchase Yakka Munga and in doing so strengthened its access to oil and gas in the shale-rich Canning Basin.
October 7th, 2014
ConocoPhillips has joined the throng of resources giants pulling out of long-dated exploration plays, yesterday ending ambitions to discover oil and gas in Kimberley shales.
The US giant’s decision, with partner PetroChina, to withdraw hands back outright ownership of the shale-prospective Canning Basin acreage to junior New Standard Energy.
September 11th, 2014
James Price Point in the Kimberley is the subject of an independent assessment of a gas hub application. Photograph: Cortlan Bennett/AAP
The WA government plans to retrospectively validate 25 contentious resource project approvals, a move the Australian Conservation Foundation says shows the proposal for “one-stop-shop” state environmental decisions is “deeply inadequate”.
The WA government is introducing legislation to provide reassurance to 25 huge resource projects which were approved by the state’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) between 2002 and 2012. EPA board members were subsequently found to have a conflict of interest, and in 2012 a supreme court ruling found that the environmental approval of a $40bn gas hub at James Price Point in the Kimberley was illegal.
September 10th, 2014
Aboriginal rangers have found several healthy populations of a rare bird species on the Dampier Peninsula north of Broome.
Conservation groups WWF and Environs Kimberley have been working with the Bardi Jawi rangers to document sightings of the finches in the One Arm Point area.
September 10th, 2014
A team researching dinosaur footprints in WA’s Kimberley will be taking to the skies this week.
They are documenting thousands of dinosaur prints clustered around Broome and along the Dampier Peninsula coast.
September 9th, 2014
MEDIA RELEASE (pdf available here)
Gouldian Finch – male with nesting material © Julia Rau
At least three small breeding populations of the rare and endangered Gouldian Finch have been located on the Dampier Peninsula, north of Broome.
The Bardi Jawi and Nyul Nyul Rangers have been working with Environs Kimberley and WWF-Australia, seeking out nests and spotting juvenile Gouldian Finches in eucalypt woodlands. The Gouldian Finch is only known from a few records in recent years, however this research is showing there is a small and potentially increasing population of this rare and beautiful species.
September 5th, 2014
Volunteers measure freshwater crocodiles as part of a detailed crocodile survey at Windjana Gorge.
One of the most detailed crocodile surveys attempted in Australia is underway at a remote gorge in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.
Researchers are aiming to get a snapshot of the health of the freshwater crocodile population at Windjana Gorge by capturing more than 100 animals.
September 4th, 2014
A group protesting against fracking in the Kimberley had a lucky escape when a bushfire burnt across its camp site minutes after it had evacuated.
The group had been camped on an access track to Buru Energy drilling pads, about 80 kilometres east of Broome.