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.
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.
July 16th, 2014
Buru Energy has put off most of its fracking activity in the Kimberley’s Canning Basin until next year.
The company gained approvals to frack for gas at four wells, east of Broome, later this year.
June 25th, 2014
A group of Kimberley traditional owners has agreed to allow oil and gas company Buru Energy to start fracking on its land.
The decision is in stark contrast to the 1970s where a clash between the Noonkanbah community and a different oil company led to riots and strikes.
Buru Energy wants to use hydraulic fracturing to test for tight gas flows in four wells, in the Kimberley’s Canning Basin, east of Broome.
June 23rd, 2014
The West Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum has given the green light to Buru Energy’s plans to frack for gas in the Kimberley region.
The approval comes days after WA environment minister Albert Jacobs said the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) was justified in deciding the proposal did not require an EPA assessment and dismissed 48 appeals.
June 17th, 2014
The West Australian government has decided to allow Buru Energy to frack for gas in the Kimberley region without an Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) assessment.
The junior explorer plans to test tight gas flows using hydraulic fracturing stimulation at four existing wells along its Laurel Formation prospect in the second half of 2014.
May 17th, 2014
The West Australian
PHOEBE WEARNE, PETER KLINGER AND SHANNON HAMPTON
Premier Colin Barnett warned the Woodside Petroleum-led Browse consortium yesterday that he would use his increased bargaining power to force them to supply WA with domestic gas as well as help fund a supply base at James Price Point.
May 6th, 2014
Erin Parke and Gian De Poloni
High living costs and government red tape are inhibiting economic growth in Western Australia’s north, a parliamentary committee investigating the development of northern Australia has heard.
A public hearing of the Inquiry into the Development of Northern Australia was held in Broome and MPs heard from more than a dozen organisations about what could be done to boost populations and productivity in the Kimberley.
Diversification essential to future growth
Challenges to establishing permanent populations
May 1st, 2014
Energy News Premium
A SUPPLY base being established to support the floating LNG processing of Browse Basin gas looks more likely, with Woodside managing director and CEO Peter Coleman saying he supports it.
Putting a supply base in Western Australia was one of the conditions Premier Colin Barnett put on the state renewing the portion of the retention leases covering those gas fields that are within WA waters.
April 29th, 2014
Fishermen in Broome are reporting a surge in catches after the buyback of commercial fishing licences.
Late last year, the Western Australian Government bought the two commercial fishing licences covering about 100 kilometres of coastline, from Roebuck Bay in Broome, south to Eighty Mile Beach.