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.
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.
August 29th, 2014
Woodside chief hints at start-up delay
August 27, 2014
Woodside Petroleum has made clear it will not rush into agreeing a domestic gas deal or the location of a Kimberley supply base with the State Government but insists the timetable for its Browse floating LNG development will not suffer as a result.
Woodside chief executive Peter Coleman hinted last week the formal start of front-end engineering and design work on Browse’s start-up may be delayed until early next year, though that should not jeopardise the push to make a final investment decision by the end of 2015.
“That (FID window) hasn’t moved out and the marketing (of Browse gas) is going quite well, its just down to price,” he said last Thursday after handing down Woodside’s half year profit. “We think we can get volumes away on price.”
Mr Coleman said he had spoken with the heads of Browse venture partners Royal Dutch Shell and BP, and said the feedback had been “very positive”.
“It fits within their project list,” he said. “The way we have structured the capital requirements for Browse has helped that. The phasing of Browse now makes it an easier decision.”
Mr Coleman said Woodside was yet to work out its supply base requirements but pointed to Broome and Derby as likely locations, particularly for Browse’s helicopter service. He ruled out James Price Point.
August 11th, 2014
Analyst says Kimberley gas fracking company suffering at the hands of traditional owners and environmentalists
Buru Energy’s Yulleroo 4 well site where the company plans to frack for shale gas in 2015. (file) (Ben Collins -ABC Local)
Buru Energy has sacked 30 per cent of its workforce and delayed its fracking program as the company’s share price sinks to less than one-fifth of its all time high.
Industry analyst Peter Strachan says the trouble comes largely from problems with traditional owners and environmentalists.
“Uncertainty surrounding traditional owner approvals is the main drag. The company has said that it will do nothing without community support,” he says.
July 21st, 2014
The traditional owners of Broome have voted to oppose fracking on their land, but have agreed to keep negotiating with the company behind the plans.
Buru Energy wants to use the contentious hydraulic fracturing technique at several sites in the West Kimberley next year, and earlier this month secured the support of Aboriginal families in the Nookanbah area.