Archive for February, 2014

James Price Point Aboriginal cultural leader passes away


He was best known as the face of Aboriginal opposition to gas processing at James Price Point north of Broome, and for being a grandson of celebrated Broome cultural leader, Paddy Roe.PrintEmailPermalinkShare
The Goolarabooloo Law Boss, who cannot be named for cultural reasons, passed away in a Perth hospital after he suffered what is believed to be a massive heart attack while in Broome. His death comes as a shock to many who knew him as a vigorous opponent to the State Government and Woodside Petroleum’s plans to build a gas processing facility at James Price Point north of Broome.

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Thursday, February 27th, 2014 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, National Heritage Comments Off

Greens pay tribute to Broome Indigenous leader


Tributes have flowed from the Australian Greens, after the death of a prominent Broome Aboriginal leader.

He was a Goolarabooloo man and avid campaigner against Woodside’s Kimberley gas hub proposal at James Price Point

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Thursday, February 27th, 2014 Indigenous, James Price Point, Special Events Comments Off

Appeals dismissed over Kununurra mine


Tyne McConnon

An appeal against the Environmental Protection Authority’s approval of a Kununurra silver, lead and zinc mine has been dismissed.

The appeal lodged by the Wilderness Society and Environs Kimberley raised concerns over the quality of the information the EPA relied upon and concerns over public health risks.

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Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 Environs Kimberley, Mining Comments Off

WA Water Department tells inquiry it has no veto over shale gas fracking


Sue Lannin

Western Australia’s Department of Water has told a state parliamentary inquiry it has no veto over fracking for natural gas below proclaimed groundwater areas such as reservoirs.

But it says it would advise authorities against the approval of shale gas fracking underneath a public drinking water source.

The Water Department made the admission on the first day of the inquiry in the implications of hydraulic fracking, the fracturing of hard rock to release natural gas. Tad Bagdon, executive director of policy and innovation at the department, told the parliamentary committee there was the potential for conflict over protection of water supplies and expanding the gas industry.

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Saturday, February 8th, 2014 Fracking, Gas, National Heritage, Onshore Oil & Gas, Water Comments Off

‘Fracking’ inquiry begins first round of public hearings


The chairman of Australia’s first parliamentary inquiry into ‘fracking’ says the investigation is entering a significant new chapter.

The WA Upper House committee is conducting a public inquiry into the practice of hydraulic fracturing of unconventional gas.

The inquiry has attracted more than 100 submissions.

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Friday, February 7th, 2014 Uncategorized Comments Off

CSIRO keen for GM crop trial near Kununurra


The CSIRO has applied for permission to grow a genetically modified (GM) crop near Kununurra.

The research body is using gene technology to try to improve the safflower plant, which produces oil used in a number of different industries.

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Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 Ord, Uncategorized Comments Off

Delegates appointed for Browse assessment

Ministerial Media Statements

Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

  • Three delegates appointed to assess the proposed Browse Liquefied Natural Gas precinct
  • Delegates had no involvement in the previous Browse assessment

Environment Minister Albert Jacob has announced the appointment of three delegates to assess the proposed Browse Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) precinct.

Mr Jacob said he approved the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) formally delegating its powers to assess the proposal under the Environmental Protection Act 1986.

The appointments follow an August 2013 Supreme Court finding that invalidated the EPA’s original assessment report and recommendations.

“The three appointed delegates are Gerard Early PSM, Dr Tom Hatton and newly appointed EPA member Glen McLeod,” the Minister said.

“These three delegates had no involvement in the previous Browse assessment and recommendations to Government. I am confident the delegates will provide a well-considered and impartial report on the proposal.”

Canberra-based Mr Early was deputy secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Environment, before he retired to run his own consultancy in 2010.

Dr Hatton is group executive of energy at the CSIRO. He has more than 25 years of national and international research experience and chairs the Marine Parks and Reserves Authority.

Mr McLeod is a well-respected lawyer with 36 years of national and international experience in environmental, planning and government law; the climate change and renewable energy sectors; ports, probity and procurement. He is a member of the Waste Authority and the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority and was appointed to the EPA in October 2013.

         Fact File

  • The EPA has delegated its powers and duties to the three panel members for the assessment of the proposed Browse LNG Precinct and any subsequent derived proposal under section 19(1) of the Environmental Protection Act
  • The delegates will report to the Minister for Environment with recommendations as to whether the proposal should proceed, and, if so, under what conditions

Minister’s office – 6552 5800

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 Gas, Indigenous, James Price Point, Mining, National Heritage Comments Off