Archive for February, 2013
The Australian Greens fear Aboriginal burial sites north of Broome will be destroyed unless the Gillard government stopsWoodside moving in heavy machinery near a controversial gas hub site.
The Senate was told on Tuesday the energy giant was preparing to move equipment onto sand dunes near the James Price Point site.
Woodside’s proposed $30 billion Kimberley gas hub has divided the community.
The Sunday Times
MUSICIAN John Butler is taking opposition to the proposed James Price Point gas hub on to the streets of Fremantle, protesting at Premier Colin Barnett’s “tunnel vision”.
Butler, who has long opposed industrialisation in the Kimberley, will play with his band at a free concert as part of a march against the project today.
He has warned the hub would be a conduit for hydraulic fracture stimulation of gas, or “fracking”.
The West Australian
Andrew Tillett and Andrew Probyn
Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke has denied he is delaying a decision on Woodside’s controversial James Price Point gas hub until after the State election to avoid hurting Mark McGowan’s campaign.
But in the wake of Woodside’s partner Shell flagging last week preference for a floating platform in the Browse Basin, Mr Burke said processing the gas offshore would also pose fewer environmental hurdles than building a gas hub on land.
The Kimberley gas hub is facing further uncertainty, with the State Government to face competing native title claims over the site.
For 15 years, the Jabirr Jabirr and the Goolarabooloo people have had a joint native title claim over the gas hub land, north of Broome.
Two years ago, they signed a deal to allow Woodside and the State Government to build the LNG precinct.
But the Goolarabooloo families remain fiercely opposed to the project and, after a two-day meeting in Broome, the two groups have voted to split up the claim.
Questions about a possible conflict of interest over a new gas hub workers’ camp in Broome have been raised at the local shire’s annual electors meeting.
Greens’ candidate Chris Maher put forward a motion demanding the shire clarify what role urban planner Paul Kotsoglo played in the project.