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.
March 5th, 2014
The West Australian Government has ruled out a ban on fracking for shale gas near public drinking water. The WA Water Corporation has called for fracking to be prohibited in or near public water supplies because of concerns the fracturing of rock to release natural gas could contaminate water.
March 4th, 2014
Plans for a pilot exploration fracking program in Western Australia’s Kimberley region have prompted Indigenous people and environmentalists to fight for an outright ban on the controversial method of accessing shale gas in the area.
Oil and gas company Buru Energy plans to begin the pilot, which will involve the hydraulic fracturing of four wells in the Canning Basin, east of Broome, in May, subject to final environmental approval.
The fracking process involves fracturing shale and other hard rock, between 2.5km and 4km underground, to release the shale gas.
It has caused controversy in the United States where opponents claim it has contaminated local water supplies.
February 27th, 2014
He was best known as the face of Aboriginal opposition to gas processing at James Price Point north of Broome, and for being a grandson of celebrated Broome cultural leader, Paddy Roe.PrintEmailPermalinkShare
The Goolarabooloo Law Boss, who cannot be named for cultural reasons, passed away in a Perth hospital after he suffered what is believed to be a massive heart attack while in Broome. His death comes as a shock to many who knew him as a vigorous opponent to the State Government and Woodside Petroleum’s plans to build a gas processing facility at James Price Point north of Broome.
February 27th, 2014
Tributes have flowed from the Australian Greens, after the death of a prominent Broome Aboriginal leader.
He was a Goolarabooloo man and avid campaigner against Woodside’s Kimberley gas hub proposal at James Price Point
February 23rd, 2014
An appeal against the Environmental Protection Authority’s approval of a Kununurra silver, lead and zinc mine has been dismissed.
The appeal lodged by the Wilderness Society and Environs Kimberley raised concerns over the quality of the information the EPA relied upon and concerns over public health risks.
February 8th, 2014
Western Australia’s Department of Water has told a state parliamentary inquiry it has no veto over fracking for natural gas below proclaimed groundwater areas such as reservoirs.
But it says it would advise authorities against the approval of shale gas fracking underneath a public drinking water source.
The Water Department made the admission on the first day of the inquiry in the implications of hydraulic fracking, the fracturing of hard rock to release natural gas. Tad Bagdon, executive director of policy and innovation at the department, told the parliamentary committee there was the potential for conflict over protection of water supplies and expanding the gas industry.
February 7th, 2014
The chairman of Australia’s first parliamentary inquiry into ‘fracking’ says the investigation is entering a significant new chapter.
The WA Upper House committee is conducting a public inquiry into the practice of hydraulic fracturing of unconventional gas.
The inquiry has attracted more than 100 submissions.
February 4th, 2014
The CSIRO has applied for permission to grow a genetically modified (GM) crop near Kununurra.
The research body is using gene technology to try to improve the safflower plant, which produces oil used in a number of different industries.
February 4th, 2014
Ministerial Media Statements
Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA
- Three delegates appointed to assess the proposed Browse Liquefied Natural Gas precinct
Delegates had no involvement in the previous Browse assessment
Environment Minister Albert Jacob has announced the appointment of three delegates to assess the proposed Browse Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) precinct.
Mr Jacob said he approved the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) formally delegating its powers to assess the proposal under the Environmental Protection Act 1986.
The appointments follow an August 2013 Supreme Court finding that invalidated the EPA’s original assessment report and recommendations.
“The three appointed delegates are Gerard Early PSM, Dr Tom Hatton and newly appointed EPA member Glen McLeod,” the Minister said.
“These three delegates had no involvement in the previous Browse assessment and recommendations to Government. I am confident the delegates will provide a well-considered and impartial report on the proposal.”
Canberra-based Mr Early was deputy secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Environment, before he retired to run his own consultancy in 2010.
Dr Hatton is group executive of energy at the CSIRO. He has more than 25 years of national and international research experience and chairs the Marine Parks and Reserves Authority.
Mr McLeod is a well-respected lawyer with 36 years of national and international experience in environmental, planning and government law; the climate change and renewable energy sectors; ports, probity and procurement. He is a member of the Waste Authority and the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority and was appointed to the EPA in October 2013.
The EPA has delegated its powers and duties to the three panel members for the assessment of the proposed Browse LNG Precinct and any subsequent derived proposal under section 19(1) of the Environmental Protection Act
The delegates will report to the Minister for Environment with recommendations as to whether the proposal should proceed, and, if so, under what conditions
Minister’s office – 6552 5800
January 30th, 2014
THE West Australian government has rejected calls by the Australian Conservation Foundation for a Victorian-style moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the Kimberley region, which holds some of the biggest reserves of unconventional gas in the world.
This comes after The Australian reported this week that the Environmental Protection Authority had declined to do a formal environmental assessment on Buru’s controversial drilling plans, sparking anger from green groups that claim the activity will contaminate groundwater.
Victorian Premier Denis Napthine has ordered a ban on fracking until at least next year in response to community concerns about potential environmental impacts. The oil and gas industry insists fracking is safe and says there is no evidence that it has contaminated groundwater reserves in other parts of Australia or overseas.