Archive for December, 2013

Gas fracking wars to open up on a new front

The Australian

ANDREW BURRELL

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.

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Monday, December 30th, 2013 Canning Basin, Fracking, Gas, Mining, Onshore Oil & Gas, Water Comments Off

Cut threatens survival of WA environmental legal centre

The Australian

PETER LAW

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.

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Saturday, December 21st, 2013 Environs Kimberley, James Price Point, National Heritage Comments Off