Archive for August, 2012

Wilderness Society seeks to mount legal challenge against Kimberley Gas Hub

ABC

In a few days the Wilderness Society will learn if it has grounds to mount a legal challenge against the Environmental approval of the James Price Point Gas Hub.Peter Robertson, the Society’s campaign coordinator spoke with Andrew O’Connor.

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Friday, August 31st, 2012 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off

Woodside open to offshore Browse options

Herald Sun

Kim Christian

WOODSIDE Petroleum has left the door open to process gas from its Browse project offshore and abandon its controversial plant near Broome.

Under an agreement announced on Monday, Royal Dutch Shell, which is the world leader in floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) technology, will increase its stake in the Browse joint venture to around 26 per cent, almost matching Woodside’s equity holding.

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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off

Chevron swapping Browse shares

The West Australian

Peter Kerr

Chevron has sparked fresh speculation about the future of the Woodside-led $40 billion Browse Basin LNG project, announcing today it would swap its 16.7 per cent share of the giant project with Royal Dutch Shell.

Shell will pay Chevron $450 million and swap its 33.3 percent interests in the Clio and Acme gas fields in the Carnarvon Basin, in return for Chevron’s Browse titles.

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Monday, August 20th, 2012 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off

Costly gas hub protest

The West Australian

Kim Kirkman and Kate Bastians

Police yesterday used specialist officers and a cherry picker to move protesters at several roadblocks along the route to Woodside’s $30 billion gas hub at James Price Point near Broome.

Roads were closed as officers worked to remove two people suspended from trees while connected to cables crossing the road and others who had locked themselves to cement drums.

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Friday, August 17th, 2012 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off

Woodside vehicles through after protest ends

ABC

A convoy of Woodside trucks has finally reached the site of the proposed Kimberley Gas hub, after three days of protests ended.

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Friday, August 17th, 2012 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off

More arrests as gas hub protesters dig in

Herald Sun

PROTESTERS against Woodside’s Browse gas hub project in Western Australia’s Kimberley have dug in for a second day of blockading the company’s equipment convoy.

The activists, including environmentalists and traditional owners, blocked Manari Road leading to James Price Point yesterday, causing several Woodside vehicles to be turned back to Broome.

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Thursday, August 16th, 2012 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off

Barnett may be softening on Browse Hub

WA Today

Rania Spooner

West Australian premier Colin Barnett has for the first time appeared to soften his position on the controversial proposal for a $45 billion gas processing facility for James Price Point in the Kimberley.

Meanwhile, tensions have reignited between protestors and police at the site today with at least six people arrested for attempting to prevent trucks carrying equipment onto the site by chaining themselves together through pipes, according to the Wilderness Society.

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Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off

Premier says piping Browse gas south not viable

ABC

The Premier Colin Barnett says piping gas from the Browse Basin to the Pilbara rather than the Kimberley would result in lengthy delays.

The Environmental Protection Authority has recommended Woodside’s multi-billion dollar proposal to process gas at James Price Point, north of Broome, be approved.

Opponents of the project argue the environmental sensitivity of the area means it should instead be piped further south.

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Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off

Gas hub fight not over: new chief

The West Australian

Mark Irving

Greenpeace’s new Australian head yesterday labelled as “crazy” the location of Woodside Petroleum’s $30 billion LNG project at James Price Point in the Kimberley and predicted the battle was not over despite its approval last month by the Environmental Protection Authority.

“I don’t think we’ve seen the end of that issue by any means,” said David Ritter, who today becomes the chief executive of Greenpeace Australia Pacific.

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Monday, August 13th, 2012 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off

Warning on unhappy outcome for Browse

The West Australian

Peter Kerr

Premier Colin Barnett’s insistence that Woodside and its joint venture partners develop their Browse Basin gas at James Price Point will likely lead to a bad economic outcome, according to a landmark paper.

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Monday, August 13th, 2012 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off