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 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.

HELP TO PROTECT THE KIMBERLEY.

Contribute by becoming a member (click here), taking an active role in our activities and/or by making tax deductible monthly donations (click here). $30 a month goes a long way.


March 3rd, 2015

Weeding work at Kooljaman

Environs Kimberley and SKIPA volunteers have been working with the Bardi Jawi Oorany Rangers.

The weeding project at Kooljaman Resort in the northern part of the Dampier Peninsula is helping to protect the endangered Monsoon Vine Thicket ecosystem.

Read more HERE

 

February 16th, 2015

Frog Night

There has been a bit of rain around recently, so on the weekend a small group of interested people went out in the evening looking for frogs and other critters. This is part of a general program aiming to document the biological diversity of the Kimberley region.

We went to a lagoon where we heard two different species of burrowing frogs calling, the Mole Toadlet (Uperoleia talpa), and the West Kimberley Toadlet (Uperoleia mjobergii). These frogs spend the dry season underground. They only come out in the wet season, which is when they eat, call and breed.

We also saw numerous juveniles of the Giant Burrowing Frog (Cyclorana australis). These frogs breed early in the wet season, and so these juveniles have already grown from eggs that were laid earlier in the wet, that grew into tadpoles and then metamorphosed.

We also encountered a Stimson’s Python (Antaresia stimsoni), who may well have also been out looking for frogs..

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A Mole Toadlet sitting amongst grass.

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A subadult Giant Burrowing Frog.

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A very small Giant Burrowing Frog that still has a tail.

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Stimson’s Python.

January 7th, 2015

Investigation launched into fracking site damage after gas leak claims

ABC

Erin Parke

An investigation has been launched into how a valve at a fracking gas well in Western Australia’s north came to be damaged after activists claimed dangerous levels of gas were leaking at the site.

The ABC has obtained a video of a hand-held gas metre reading at the Yullerroo 2 site, about 70km east of Broome, showing what activists said was likely to be high levels of methane.

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December 15th, 2014

WA gas explorer creates death trap for native animals

WA Today

Steve Holland

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A rotting dingo found in a poisonous plastic-lined pond operated by a West Australian gas explorer has prompted concern from the Greens.

Buru Energy’s Yulleroo operation in the Kimberley has seen the creation of numerous plastic-lined ponds which trap water.

But Greens Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region Robin Chapple said when the ponds are dry they become death traps for animals.

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December 1st, 2014

New on-shore LNG projects ‘effectively dead’

ABC

Stephen Letts

Big gas producers have more to worry about than the immediate problem of tumbling energy prices.

Mr Burns believes Woodside’s still unsanctioned $40 billion Browse LNG project off Western Australia is also at risk in the current environment, with its final investment decision already being pushed back into late 2015.

“On-shore, greenfield LNG projects are effectively dead, however there still is potential for floating LNG offshore which removes the exposure to high Australian costs,” he argued.

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November 26th, 2014

EPA reassessing controversial James Price Point site for gas development

ABC

James Price Point in spotlight again

Environmental impact assessors are again at James Price Point on the Kimberley coast, as the State Government pushes ahead to get the site ready for use by industry.

The proposed gas hub, 60 kilometres north of Broome, saw mass protests from those opposed to its development.

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November 9th, 2014

Yawuru people camp out in opposition to Buru Energy’s fracking plans in Canning Basin

ABC

Erin Parke

Broome locals opposed to fracking by Buru Energy have set up a camp at the Jackeroo turn off 9 November 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.

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October 21st, 2014

Protestors occupy Buru Energy’s Perth headquarters over fossil fuel, fracking concerns

ABC

Rebecca Trigger

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.

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October 11th, 2014

Buru gets hands on gas with Yakka Munga deal

The West Australian

BRAD THOMPSON

Buru gets hands on gas with Yakka Munga deal

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.

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October 7th, 2014

Conoco quits Kimberley hope

Yahoo7

Peter Klinger

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.

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