Archive for August, 2013
Peter Klinger, The West Australian
Woodside Petroleum chief executive Peter Coleman has called for an end to the “hollow discussion” about whether the State is missing out on a jobs-and-revenue bonanza because of the axed James Price Point processing hub, describing it as a redundant conversation based on a land-based LNG dream that was not viable.
And he challenged critics of Woodside’s plan to develop Browse Basin gas fields through floating LNG technology, such as Premier Colin Barnett, to accept that significant long-term job creation was more important than a short-term, construction boom.
Protesters celebrate Woodside’s decision, in April this year, not to continue with plans for its LNG plant at James Price Point.
Woodside Petroleum has confirmed it will recommend that floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) technology be used to develop the Browse gas field, 420 kilometres off the Kimberley coast of Western Australia.
The Browse project has been mired in controversy, with some environmental and Aboriginal groups opposing development of a processing plant at James Price Point, near Broome.
The West Australian
DANIEL MERCER, DANIEL EMERSON
WA’s top judge has delivered the Barnett Government a humiliating blow, setting aside its environmental approvals for the contentious Kimberley gas hub as invalid.
In the process, Supreme Court Justice Wayne Martin has demolished the Government’s immediate plans to push ahead and acquire land at James Price Point.
Handing down his judgment on whether the Government’s environmental approvals for project were legitimate, Justice Martin ruled the process had miscarried and the approvals were unlawful.
Western Australia’s Chief Justice has ruled that some of the environmental approvals for the controversial $40 billion Kimberly gas hub were unlawful.
Chief Justice Wayne Martin ruled that three of the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) decisions to grant approval to the project were unlawful and invalid.
He also said EPA chairman Paul Vogel should not have made a decision on the project alone.
An aerial view of one company in the Mid West drilling or ‘fracking’.
A parliamentary inquiry has been launched to investigate the effects of fracking, or hydraulic fracturing of unconventional gas, in WA.
The Standing Committee on Environment and Public Affairs has announced the inquiry which will be chaired by Simon O’Brien.
The upper house committee will look into the effect the mining practice, commonly known as “fracking”, has on current and future land use and groundwater.
The terms also include the reclamation and rehabilitation of land where fracking has occurred and the regulation of chemicals used in the process.
Buru Energy’s oil and gas fields show the Ungani oil field and the Yulleroo and Valhalla gas fields where fracking is planned for the 2014 dry season. (8/8/13) (Buru Energy)
Buru Energy intends on fracking shale gas wells about 80 kilometres east of Broome and 100 kilometres west of Fitzroy Crossing in the West Kimberley during the 2014 dry season as part of their development of Canning Basin oil and gas resources.
In their announcement to the stock exchange following a trading halt, Buru says the fracking will follow engagement with the local community, environmental planning, baseline surveys and receipt of regulatory approval. Traditional owners of the area have previously expressed opposition to fracking on their country but acknowledge they have no legal power to stop the controversial technique.
The West Australian
Federal Resources Minister Gary Gray has approved an application by the Woodside Browse consortium to formally drop James Price Point as the sole development option for the massive gas field off the Kimberley coast, paving the way for another floating LNG operation.
The Sunday Times
John Flint - FEBRUARY 24, 2013
CHEAPER gas and lots of it. Reduced electricity prices and royalties flowing, like rivers of gold, into the coffers of the WA Government to fund myriad infrastructure projects at some point in future.
It might read like any Premier’s fantasy, but the bounty locked in deep geological formations beneath the west Kimberley is the stuff dreams are made of.
Or nightmares, depending on your outlook. If the potential of the Canning Superbasin is to be realised, environmentalists say thousands of wells will have to be sunk.
And extracting much of the gas will require hydraulic fracture stimulation the controversial drilling practice better known as “fracking”.
The Government and the Coalition support the development of the vast gas reserves of the Browse Basin, 425 kilometres north of Broome in Western Australia’s Kimberley. The State and Federal Governments had considered plans for an onshore processing hub at James Price Point, 60 kilometres north of the town. Both Labor and the Coalition said they would support the project as long it met the relevant approvals but the Greens were against it. In April 2013 the project’s major equity holder, Woodside, announced it was shelving the plan.