Archive for April, 2011

Gas hub agreement close

ABC News

Traditional owners of land earmarked for a gas hub in the Kimberley region of WA are on the verge of finalising Australia’s biggest land use agreement.

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Friday, April 29th, 2011 Uncategorized Comments Off

Kimberley gas safety deal sought

FLIP PRIOR
The West Australian

Woodside has refused to offer guarantees to traditional owners on what it would do in the event of an industrial disaster off the Kimberley coast from a gas precinct at James Price Point, former Kimberley Land Council executive director Wayne Bergmann says.

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Friday, April 29th, 2011 Uncategorized Comments Off

Humpbacks seen off the coast

AMY WILLIAMS
Broome Advertiser

Whales off Broome (2010 image)

The first of the migrating humpback whales have been seen in the Kimberley, about six weeks before they were expected.
One local said he saw five whales off the coast at Coconut Well more than two weeks ago, and another two whales on Sunday, April 10.
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Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 Uncategorized Comments Off

Toads threaten heritage park

JANE HAMMOND

Cane toad (Photo credit: NSW Office of Environment & Heritage)

The West Australian
Conservationists are preparing for a major battle against the cane toad, with the creatures expected to reach the World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park within weeks. Full story>>

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 Gas Comments Off

Gas hub fighter has new plan

FLIP PRIOR
The West Australian
27 April, 2011

Geoffrey Cousins (Kirsty Cockburn)

Millionaire businessman Geoffrey Cousins will not bother asking Colin Barnett to change his mind about building a multi-million-dollar gas precinct in the Kimberley. “He’s a lost cause,” he said.
Instead, the former Optus Vision chief turned green campaigner who fought against a Tasmanian pulp mill plans to hit the James Price Point project where it hurts.
He plans to target Woodside Petroleum’s board of directors, its joint venture partners Chevron, BHP Billiton, BP and Shell, their shareholders and any potential investors. Full story>>

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 Gas, Mining Comments Off

Browse gas project hits more headwinds

Andrew Burrell The Australian

WOODSIDE Petroleum’s plans to build the $30 billion Browse liquefied natural gas project on Western Australia’s Kimberley coast has run into more trouble after renewed opposition from environmentalists and indigenous landowners. Full story>>

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 Uncategorized Comments Off

Shire approves camp for early Browse work

Broome Advertiser

Broome Shire councillors last week approved Woodside’s application for a temporary off-site workers camp near Broome.
The camp will accommodate workers employed to build the construction village at the James Price Point site, as well as early site clearing works and building a temporary marine off-loading facility at the Browse LNG Precinct. Full story>>

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 Gas Comments Off

‘Dirty move’ in Woodside talks

Sydney Morning Herald
Mathew Murphy

Traditional owners have accused Woodside Petroleum of betraying a promise to negotiate in good faith after the West Australian government started moves to acquire land compulsorily before final meetings with Kimberley Aborigines. Full story>>

Friday, April 22nd, 2011 Gas Comments Off

Gas land deal stalls on aquisition push

The West Australian
FLIP PRIOR, AMY WILLIAMS and NEALE PRIOR

Up to 80 native title claimants negotiating a land use agreement with Woodside and the State Government for its multi-million dollar gas precinct at James Price Point have stormed out of a meeting in Broome after learning the State wants to compulsorily acquire land for the project.
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Thursday, April 21st, 2011 Gas Comments Off

Anger over moves to acquire Kimberley land

ABC News
21 April, 2011

Indigenous land owners in the Kimberley are angry about the latest move by the State Government to acquire land for a gas plant north of Broome.
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Thursday, April 21st, 2011 Gas Comments Off