Archive for June, 2012

Release of Browse environmental report delayed

ABC

Babs McHugh

A senior business journalist says the decision by the Western Australian Government to delay the release of an environmental report into a gas project in the state’s Kimberley will have international implications.

It was revealed this week that four out of five members of the board of the WA Environmental Protection Authority were stood aside for having conflicts of interest in the decision on the Browse LNG hub.

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Friday, June 29th, 2012 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off

Second challenge to Woodside survey

Sky News

The West Australian Environmental Defender’s Office (EDO) has launched a second legal challenge on behalf of a traditional owner against survey works at Woodside Petroleum’s proposed $30 billion Kimberley gas hub site.

The EDO on Wednesday claimed WA Planning Minister John Day had moved the goalposts ahead of its original legal challenge – due to be heard in the Court of Appeal on Tuesday – contesting shire planning approval for Woodside to work on the James Price Point site, 60km north of Broome.

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Friday, June 29th, 2012 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off

‘Abuse of power’: claims regulation changed to thwart Browse legal bid

The Sydney Morning Herald

Rania Spooner

The lawyer behind a Supreme Court challenge to the validity of Woodside Petroleum’s approvals for early works at James Price Point has alleged the West Australian Planning Minister today amended regulations to allow the works to continue even if the approvals are invalid

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Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off

Minister slammed over gas hub shift

The West Australian

Flip Prior

Planning Minister John Day has been accused of improperly using his powers after amending planning processes to give himself sole authority over approvals for the controversial gas hub development at James Price Point.

Broome Shire President Graeme Campbell confirmed this afternoon that Mr Day had “seen fit to take away from the Shire all planning decisions in relation to the proposed gas precinct” and that he was allowed to do so under the Planning Act.

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Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off

Marmion tight-lipped on gas hub report

ABC

The Environment Minister Bill Marmion is remaining tight-lipped following claims a report, on whether the proposed gas hub at James Price Point gas hub should go ahead, was not conducted properly.

Four members of the Environmental Protection Authority board have been barred from contributing to the report because of potential conflicts of interest.

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Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off

One man to make environmental call on Browse

The Sydney Morning Herald

Rania Spooner

The crucial environmental recommendations over plans for a $35 billion gas hub at James Price Point will be made by only one man, after conflicts of interest struck four out of five WA Environmental Protection Authority board members off the Browse LNG Project assessment.

The EPA has confirmed the “unprecedented” situation for the proposal’s assessment, where chairman Paul Vogel is the only member of the board without a conflict of interest.

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Monday, June 25th, 2012 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off

EPA chairman makes sole decision on gas hub

ABC

The chairman of the Environmental Protection Authority says he has made a decision on whether the agency should recommend the Government approve the James Price Point gas hub.

Last week, it was revealed four out of the five EPA board members were barred from contributing to a report on the Browse project because of potential conflicts of interest.

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Monday, June 25th, 2012 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off

Woodside loses major gas supply deal

The Sydney Morning Herald

Woodside Petroleum has let lapse a supply agreement for its Browse project worth up to $45 billion.

Woodside said the agreement with CPC Corporation of Taiwan, signed in November 2007, was allowed to expire on June 21 with the agreement of both companies.

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Friday, June 22nd, 2012 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off

Woodside Browse gas deal expires amid delays

ABC

Woodside says it has allowed a gas supply agreement for the Browse Basin liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Western Australia to expire.

Woodside told the market that the 2007 agreement with Taiwan’s CPC Corporation expired yesterday, with the consent of both parties.

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Friday, June 22nd, 2012 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off

NW candidate in dark on gas hub

The West Australian

Flip Prior

Labor’s newly endorsed candidate for the Kimberley seat has admitted she isn’t “well informed” about the thorny issue of the proposed gas hub at James Price Point in the run up to the 2013 State election.

Josey Farrer, a Kija Aboriginal woman, born at Moola Bulla Station, lives in Halls Creek with her children and partner of 30 years. A former Halls Creek Shire President and current Kimberley Land Council director, she was endorsed at the party’s State executive meeting last night

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Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining Comments Off