Leave Broome alone, Woodside…go away pocket-liners

It is now high time Woodside Petroleum bites the bullet and changes course away from James Price Point.

There are several suitable alternatives.

Tell the WA Premier that he is wrong about James Price Point. Inform Federal Resources Minister, Martin Ferguson that they are flogging a dead horse. The Broome Community are mostly united against a giant LNG refinery for this remarkable area just north of Broome.

An alternative to building the Browse plant at the James Price Point site in Australia’s Kimberley region is to send gas to the Woodside-led North West Shelf LNG development, said Adrian Wood, a Sydney-based analyst at Macquarie Group.
“It would be a positive for Woodside’s investment case if management said James Price Point is frankly too much risk for too modest a return,” Wood said by phone. http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-02/australia-lng-boom-threatened-by-u-s-shale-exporters-energy.html

mobile.bloomberg.comAustralian liquefied-natural gas projects planned by companies from Royal Dutch Shell Plc to Woodside Petroleum Ltd. and valued at about $100 billion are at risk from rising costs and cheaper U.S.

Why the EPA need more time here is beyond me. Looking for an escape clause to save Premier Barnett’s ‘baby’?

Protect the Kimberley


The proposed $30 billion Browse liquefied natural gas development has been hit by another setback after the State’s environmental watchdog delayed a decision on whether to support the project.
But the ABC reports it as Woodside delays report
“Woodside has requested more time to research the impact dredging will have on the Kimberley coast.
The request will delay the release of the Environmental Protection Authority’s recommendation for the gas hub project.” Can someone ‘please explain’


RESEARCHERS have found a large turtle nesting area at a proposed $30 billion gas hub site in the Kimberley, contradicting the results of a West Australian government study.
Now Woodside want to ‘look into’ dredging a bit more? Ludicrous. Common sense alone would say NO. This area has over 10 metre tides, is affected by numerous passing cyclones every year. It is home to an extraordinary community of marine flora and fauna, many on the endangered list.
Protect the Kimberley


Woodside has requested more time to research the impact dredging will have on the Kimberley coast.
As someone just commented “need to invent some more lies”

© Rod Hartvigsen – Murranji PhotographyToday was the Official Opening of the Broome Woodside Offices. A few Broome locals were invited it seems but they all looked like people who would line their pockets should this abomination come to the Kimberley.

Pocket-liners…I like that!

About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley) Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Incorporated Kimberley Environmental Horticulture (KEH) is a small group of committed individuals who promote the use of indigenous plants for the landscaping of parks and gardens. Rehabilitation of Kimberley coast, bushland and pastoral regions are also high on our agenda. This includes planting seedlings, weed control, damage from erosion or any other environmental matter that comes to our attention. We come from all walks of life, from Professionals and Trades oriented occupations, Pensioners and Students, Public Servants and the Unemployed. We have a community plant nursery where we trial many old and new species, with a view to incorporating these into our landscaping trials. Our labour force are mainly volunteers, but with considerable help from the 'work for the dole' program, Indigenous Community Development Employment Program (CDEP) groups and the Ministry of Justice, with their community work orders; in this way we manage to train many people in the horticultural skills needed for indigenous plant growing. We constantly undertake field trips that cover seed and plant collection in the Kimberley. Networking around the Kimberley region and the east Pilbara is a necessary part of promoting our activities. We consult on a range of Environmental and Landscaping matters that deal with our region. Our activities involve improving Broome's residential streetscapes by including 'waterwise' priciples in planting out nature strips. Sustainable environmental horticulture is practised by members of our group. We use existing vegetation as the backbone of any plantings, using these species to advantage when planning to develop tree forms or orchards. The Broome region is sensitive to development. Subsequently many weed species have become dominant in and around developed areas. The use and movement of heavy machinery is the biggest single cause of environmental degradation. We dont live in a 'Tropical Paradise' but on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert. The plants that survive best here, grow in well-drained pindan sand, and are found from the Dampier Peninsular southward to where average rainfall is below 600mm. When we use rainforest species, detail is important when planting, water catchment, sunlight and understorey species are all considered. The use of recycled 'grey' water is an advantage here as well as treated waste-water, although many local species do not fare well with nutrients from this source. We use waterwise planting methods which include harvesting asmuch rainwater as possible, with swales designed to hold up to 200 litres, to help recharge the local groundwater aquifer. There has been a serious decline in this aquifer over the last few years. With the fast expansion of the Broome peninsular, more and more land is being covered by concrete, iron and bitumen so that much less water is available to replenish the aquifer, allowing the salt content to become significantly higher. The small Broome Peninsular is on the south-western corner of the Dampier Peninsular (bound by Broome, Derby and Cape Leveque at the northern tip). Compaction by vehicles also inhibits water retention due to the content of our local pindan sand, hard as concrete in the dry, going to soft and sloppy mud after rain. None of us are botanists, inevitably we have got some names wrong, names changed, or have not gone to sub-species level. If you note a photo or description may be wrong, please e-mail to kimenvhort@yahoo.com.au
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