Archive for May, 2013

Green group puzzled by gas hub legal stoush

ABC

The Wilderness Society says a Supreme Court challenge over the Kimberley gas hub site is still going ahead, despite Woodside’s decision to abandon the project.

The society last year lodged legal action against the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) decision to recommend the project at James Price Point go ahead.

Although Woodside abandoned the plan, the court hearings are still due to go ahead next week.

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Thursday, May 30th, 2013 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage, Onshore Oil & Gas Comments Off

Premier Colin Barnett disappointed by protestor’s snub

News.com.au

WEST Australian Premier Colin Barnett says he is “disappointed” Kimberley gas hub protesters have cancelled a meeting with him despite pushing the idea during the recent election campaign.

In January, Broome residents urged the premier to attend an open community forum to discuss the social impacts of Woodside Petroleum’s proposed gas hub at James Price Point.

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Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 Fracking, Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage, Onshore Oil & Gas Comments Off

Buru seeks approvals for new round of fracking in the Kimberley

ABC

Ben Collins

Buru Energy is planning to use the controversial process of fracking in five gas wells between Broome and Derby,

In an announcement to the Stock Exchange this month, the petroleum exploration company say they have “approvals underway” for a fracking program with “five wells ready for fracs”. In a statement to ABC Kimberley, Buru Energy’s Executive Director Eric Streitberg says the fracking program will be conducted on wells drilled into the Laurel Formation which is a geological formation within the massive Canning Basin.
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Thursday, May 16th, 2013 Fracking, Gas, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage, Onshore Oil & Gas Comments Off

Show me new plans, Minister tells State

The West Australian

Peter Kerr

Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke has stopped the clock on the Commonwealth’s environmental approval process for the James Price Point gas hub until he receives fresh details of any reworked State plans for the site.

The decision complicates the Barnett Government’s attempt to rescue something from the wreckage of the decision by Woodside Petroleum and its joint venture partners to walk away from the controversial $40 billion land-based LNG hub, amid spiralling costs.

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Thursday, May 9th, 2013 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining Comments Off

Fracking the Canning Basin

Indymedia Australia

Gerry Georgatos – Western Australia’s Canning Basin (photo abc.net.au) will soon be talked about as the next resources mining frontier. The James Price Point $40 billion gas hub proposal for all intents and purposes has been dumped but the State’s Premier, Colin Barnett, will pitch the extraction of natural gas from the Canning Basin as the way to go in the pursuit of State revenue. Most of the gas will be exported.

The shale gas deposits of the Canning Basin are among the richest in the world.

On Tuesday, Premier Barnett introduced a Parliamentary Bill seeking to develop the vast Canning resource. The Bill will formalise the agreement between the Government and the venture partners Buru Energy and Mitsubishi Corporation.

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Buru rules out Ungani fracking

ABC

Oil and gas company Buru Energy says it has no plans to conduct fracking at a particular site east of Broome but says it cannot rule out using the controversial practice elsewhere in the Canning Basin in the future.

Buru Energy’s executive director Eric Streitberg says the company will never involve any hydraulic fracture stimulation, or fracking, at its Ungani or Ungani North sites, about 100 kilometres east of Broome.

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Deal over vast gas reserves in Canning basin

ABC

Kathryn Diss

The State Government has introduced a bill into Parliament to ratify an agreement to develop vast gas reserves in the Canning Basin, in the remote Kimberley.

The Premier Colin Barnett told Parliament the bill will ratify a natural gas deal signed between the Government and gas explorer, Buru Energy.

Buru Energy is exploring in the basin backed by Japanese giant, Mitsubishi Corporation.

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 Fracking, Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage, Onshore Oil & Gas Comments Off

Canning Superbasin looms as next frontier for gas production

Herald Sun

Amy Wilson-Chapman

PREMIER Colin Barnett’s gas ambitions have switched from the offshore Browse Basin to the onshore Canning Basin.

Still smarting from the decision of Woodside and its joint-venture partners to dump the Premier’s grand plan for a onshore processing precinct at James Price Point on the Kimberley coastline for Browse gas, the WA Government is moving full steam ahead to exploit the shale gas riches in the Canning Basin.

Mr Barnett yesterday introduced a Bill into State Parliament that will ratify an agreement to develop the vast onshore Canning resource, which covers more than 530,000sqm across the Kimberley.

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Cousins floats new threat to Woodside

The Australian

PAUL GARVEY

PROMINENT businessman turned environmental activist Geoffrey Cousins has re-emerged as a potential roadblock for Woodside Petroleum and its partners in the multi-billion-dollar Browse liquefied natural gas project off northern Western Australia.

Woodside yesterday added further momentum to plans to exploit the vast but remote Browse gas fields through groundbreaking floating LNG technology, signing a deal with project partner Royal Dutch Shell to investigate the economics of using Shell’s FLNG process.

But Mr Cousins, who has been a strong advocate for the development of Browse through FLNG due to its smaller environmental footprint, yesterday called for the project partners and the WA government to deliver on their economic promises made to Kimberley indigenous groups despite the increased likelihood that the Browse development will remain offshore.

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Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Marine, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off

James Price Point acquisition likely

Sky News

There are three reasons West Australian Premier Colin Barnett wants to push ahead with acquiring land at James Price Point despite Woodside shelving its original plan for the Browse gas project.

Mr Barnett said the Kimberley land had been valued at $30 million by the state’s Valuer General, an amount the WA government would pay to traditional owners if it decided to proceed with the acquisition.

That was likely, he confirmed on ABC Radio on Wednesday.

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Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off