frakking nonsense …

I wonder where the funds come from for this.

Dear Frack Free Kimberley Community Group

EOI – Frack Free Kimberley Community Group – Senior Campaigner

As you know the Canning Basin is estimated to have more unconventional gas than the whole of the East Coast of Australia. To get it out of the ground, fracking would have to take place. Victoria and Tasmania have fracking moratoria in place and countries like France have banned the practice because of the risks to human health and the environment.

We are seeking a full time senior campaigner who wants to work for the Frack Free Kimberley Community Group to protect our clean water and air from fracking. The right person will have extensive experience of community-led campaigns in the Kimberley or Northern Australia, experience of working in partnership with Aboriginal traditional owners and/or Aboriginal community leaders, a demonstrated ability to develop campaign strategies, has coordinated complex community actions, is a motivated and innovative media strategist and spokesperson and is able to undertake detailed research and analysis of the oil and gas industry and industry regulations.

If you are interested in this work please send a brief expression of interest (EOI) detailing why you would like to take on this position and some of your relevant experience (no more than 2 sides of an A4 page).

Please send the EOI back to us by the end of Thursday, December 17. Please email the EOI to me at this email address

Yours sincerely

Jan and the Frack Free Kimberley Team

kidson 101

Bore for the water used in drilling

It’s astonishing that none of the ‘usual’ crowd were seen at the Department of Mines Information sessions, but protested outside instead. Here’s one of several wells drilled already in the Canning Basin. So what’s the problem? Here’s Nicolay1, a Conoco Phillips well. kidson 104 kidson 107

The good news:

New Standard Energy, ConocoPhillips observe more shale than expected at Nicolay-1

Thursday, October 25, 2012 by Bevis Yeo

New Standard Energy, ConocoPhillips observe more shale than expected at Nicolay-1

New Standard Energy (ASX: NSE) and ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) has received early indications that the target Goldwyer section at their Nicolay-1 well onshore Canning Basin is more shale bearing than originally thought.

This is consistent with the elevated gas readings observed from the mud logs whilst drilling through both the Nita and Goldwyer formations.

New Standard noted that further detailed interpretation of the full package of wireline logs together with core analysis from the coring programs will be necessary before additional clarity can be provided on the shale and source rock qualities.

Core samples from Nicolay-1 will be sent to various laboratories in Australia and around the world for a state-of-the-art analysis programme designed in collaboration with ConocoPhillips.



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
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