Archive for December, 2013
THE remote Kimberley region, which contains the nation’s most lucrative untapped shale gas deposits and is attracting rising interest from major petroleum companies, is poised to become the next battleground for companies seeking to use hydraulic fracturing amid vocal opposition from green activists, Aboriginal groups and West Australian health authorities.
More than 100 submissions sent to a parliamentary inquiry before Christmas reveal the depth of opposition to the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, despite industry groups insisting that the practice is not harmful to the environment and the mining of fresh onshore gas reserves would lower domestic gas prices.
THE head of WA’s only public interest environmental legal centre says a Federal Government funding cut “threatens its very survival”.
A $10 million cut in funding to Environmental Defenders Offices (EDO) means the centres will receive no federal funding from July 1.
The EDO was recently involved in the successful court challenge to the approval given for the James Price Point gas hub in the Kimberley.