Archive for September, 2013

James Price Point traditional owners await Woodside funds

ABC

Woodside is preparing to pay the remaining millions of dollars it owes to the traditional owners of James Price Point.

When setting up its gas hub project, Woodside agreed to deliver a benefits package to the Jabirr Jabirr Goolarabooloo people.

The project has since been scrapped but parts of the initial benefits package are still to be paid.

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Thursday, September 19th, 2013 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining Comments Off

Indigenous leader slams Woodside: report

Business Spectator

The indigenous leader who negotiated Woodside Petroleum Ltd’s spiked $1.5 billion native title deal in the Kimberley says indigenous people are being condemned to poverty while the gas company seeks bigger shareholder returns, The Australian reports.

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Thursday, September 19th, 2013 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining Comments Off

New govt wants WA action on Browse

The West Australian

Andrew Probyn

Incoming Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane wants to have a “frank” private discussion with Colin Barnett to get the multibillion- dollar Browse liquefied natural gas project hurried along.

In an interview with The West Australian on the eve of his swearing-in today, Mr Macfarlane confirmed that WA would get a slice of the royalties if the Woodside-led consortium’s preference for floating LNG technology proceeded.

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Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining Comments Off

Native title hearing could result in delays to payments of traditional owners

ABC

A native title hearing to start today could mean a lengthy delay in the payment of millions of dollars to the traditional owners of James Price Point in the Kimberley.

Oil and gas company Woodside abandoned a proposed gas hub at James Price Point earlier this year, but the Western Australian Government is pushing ahead with acquisition of the land.

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Thursday, September 12th, 2013 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off

Putting seagrass meadows on the international carbon market

ABC

Hilary Smale and Vanessa Mills

Researchers are putting an economic value on seagrass meadows found along the coastline of Australia.

Australia’s seagrass meadows could have a combined value of more than five billion dollars on the international carbon market, according to reserachers from Edith Cowan University.

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Thursday, September 12th, 2013 Environs Kimberley, Marine, National Heritage Comments Off

The Kimberley’s environment, your call

FEDERAL ELECTION 2013

WHERE DO THE PARTIES STAND ON KIMBERLEY ENVIRONMENT ISSUES IN THE SEAT OF DURACK?

We’ve done an independent assessment of the parties’ environment policies for the Kimberley. The decisions of the next government will be crucial for our region’s environment.

The Liberal Party, Palmer United Party, Rise Up Australia Party, Citizens Electoral Council, Australian Christians and Family First Party did not respond to the survey.

1 = good for the environment

0 = bad for the environment

Note: Candidates’ responses do not necessarily reflect their parties’ positions

Katter Party ALP Greens Nationals Durack Environmental Policy Scorecard

2013 Australian Federal Election

No  1 No 1 No 1 No 1 Do you support damming a Kimberley river or rivers?
Yes 0 Yes 0 No 1 No 1 Do you and your party support coal mining in the Kimberley?
Yes 1 Yes 1 Yes 1 No 0 Are you and your party committed to supporting the North-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network?
No 1 Yes 0 No 1 No 1 Do you and your party support uranium mining in the Kimberley?
No 1 Yes 0 No 1 No 1 Do you and your party support shale gas production through fracking in the Kimberley?
Yes 1 Yes 1 Yes 1 Yes 1 Do you and your party support an increase in federal funding for cultural and natural resource management programs in the Kimberley, for example an expansion of the Indigenous Ranger Program?
Yes 1 No 0 Yes 1 Yes 1 Would you and your party support a proposal to spend an additional $30 million in federal funding for biodiversity protection initiatives in the Kimberley during the next three years?
  5/7   3/7   7/7   6/7 Total scores

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Friday, September 6th, 2013 Environs Kimberley, Fitzroy River, Fracking, Gas, Onshore Oil & Gas Comments Off

Several new species found around remote WA coast

ABC

Jake Sturmer

Scientists believe they have discovered several new species of creatures around Western Australia’s remote Kimberley coast.

The CSIRO-led team spent 11 days mapping the King George River region near the state’s northern tip.

Dr John Keesing said the team gathered around 3,500 specimens as part of the most comprehensive survey undertaken in the Kimberley.

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Monday, September 2nd, 2013 Marine, National Heritage, Special Events Comments Off

Court defeat makes approvals process ‘uncertain’

The West Australian

Gareth Parker

National law firm Clayton Utz has told its clients that “fundamental questions” surround the certainty of WA’s environmental approvals process in the wake of the Barnett Government’s embarrassing James Price Point Supreme Court defeat.

In commentary on its website about the Environmental Protection Agency, Clayton Utz said the case “puts a spotlight on past, present and future assessment practices and raises questions about the certainty of decision making in WA”.

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Monday, September 2nd, 2013 Fracking, Gas, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage, Onshore Oil & Gas Comments Off

Former minister calls for fishing bans in Broome’s Roebuck Bay

ABC

Ben Collins

Former fisheries minister Jon Ford says all fishing should be temporarily banned in Roebuck Bay to properly investigate concerns that threadfin salmon and barramundi stocks are in decline.

While fishing in Broome may seem to be the epitome of relaxation, there’s been a simmering tension between recreational and commercial fishers for many years. Many in Broome’s legion of recreational fishers complain that threadfin and barramundi are getting harder to catch due to the commercial gill net fishery. Andrew Rowland from Recfishwest says the gill nets are taking too many fish.

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Monday, September 2nd, 2013 Marine, National Heritage, Water Comments Off