[WGAR-news] Australia: Woodside pulls out of Kimberley gas hub: The Wilderness Society
- Woodside pulls out of Kimberley gas hub:
The Wilderness Society
Newsletter date: 13 April 2013
This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/04/13/wgar-news-woodside-pulls-out-of-kimberley-gas-hub-the-wilderness-society
* Woodside - ASX Announcement: Woodside to Review Alternative Browse Development Concepts
* The Wilderness Society: Woodside pulls out of Kimberley gas hub
* The Stringer: Woodside dumps gas hub
* The Wire Audio: Woodside dumps James Price Point gas hub
* Greens Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam: Thank you! James Price Point
* Greens Senator Rachel Siewert: Greens welcome decision to abandon James Price Point
* Robin Chapple, WA Greens MLC: Kimberley still at risk as Woodside halts JPP
* Hands off Country: Do I dare believe?
* NIRS: Woodside abandons Browse LNG project
* ABC AM Audio: Woodside massive Browse Basin gas venture on hold
* Perth Now: Woodside dumps $45b James Point project
* Perth Now: Woodside gas plan dump causes mixed reactions
* The West: $45b Browse gas hub dead
* Australian: Woodside says giant onshore Browse plant 'not commercially viable'
* Greens Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam, and Robin Chapple MLC:
Woodside withdrawal from James Price Point - could signal a big win for Western Australia
* Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign - James Price Point, north of Broome, WA
* Mining-related articles
* WOODSIDE - ASX ANNOUNCEMENT:
WOODSIDE TO REVIEW ALTERNATIVE BROWSE DEVELOPMENT CONCEPTS
Woodside - ASX Announcement:
Woodside to Review Alternative Browse Development Concepts
Save the Kimberley: http://www.savethekimberley.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/12.04.2013-Woodside-to-Review-Alternative-Browse-Development-Concepts.pdf
12 Apr 13: "Woodside has completed its technical and
commercial evaluation of the proposed Browse LNG
Development near James Price Point and determined that the
development concept does not meet the company's commercial
requirements for a positive final investment decision."
* THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY:
WOODSIDE PULLS OUT OF KIMBERLEY GAS HUB
The Wilderness Society:
Woodside pulls out of Kimberley gas hub
12 Apr 13: "Congratulations James Price Point, Broome and
Australia! The Wilderness Society is excited and relieved
by Woodside’s decision this morning to pull out of the
destructive gas hub project planned for James Price Point
in the Kimberley. Today's outcome is a testament to people
power. It shows that communities are capable of stopping
inappropriate developments, even when those developments
are worth $45 billion, lead by some of the most powerful
companies in the world, and backed by governments."
* THE STRINGER:
WOODSIDE DUMPS GAS HUB
The Stringer: Woodside dumps gas hub
12 Apr 13: "An emotional Phillip Roe spoke of both his joy
at the news that Woodside has decided to sink the James
Price Point (Walmadany) gas hub proposal. "We are
celebrating, we are overjoyed, we gave up so much of our
time and fought a long battle. I gave up my job to save
Country. I did it for my people, for my father’s legacy,
for everything he taught us," said the Goolaraboloo Law
Boss, Phillip Roe. "We are celebrating, we are here in
numbers and we will gather at Walmadany tonight to
celebrate but I don’t trust that it is fully over. ... "
said Mr Roe."
- Earlier Analysis / Opinion
Gas hub in the balance but one source said, "It will not happen"
9 Apr 13: "Premier Colin Barnett has dreamed big in wanting
to leave behind visual embodiments of his tenure as Premier
- Elizabeth Quay and the James Price Point gas hub. Within
six weeks it will become known whether the
Woodside-led-joint-venture will proceed with the $40
billion gas hub. Our sources tell us that it may go either
way. One source said "it will not happen." ... Despite the
decision not due till mid-May, and a delay on this would be
no surprise, nevertheless the decision could be as early as
April 24 when Woodside chairman Michael Chaney addresses
Woodside’s annual general meeting. ... " By Gerry Georgatos,
a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
and a multi-award winning investigative journalist
* THE WIRE AUDIO:
WOODSIDE DUMPS JAMES PRICE POINT GAS HUB
The Wire: Woodside dumps James Price Point gas hub
Produced by Bridget Backhaus
12 Apr 13: "As the dust settles from the fallout of
Woodside canning their CSG project at James Price
Point, the effects of the announcement are only just
becoming clear. And they're a lot more far-reaching and
complicated than you would expect. It's been a contentious
issue for years; everyone from politicians to
conservationists, mining companies to traditional owners
have been clashing, sometimes violently, over Woodside
Petroleum's proposed coal seam gas hub at James Price
Point in Western Australia. But after years of exploration,
planning, protests, deals and everything in between, it's
"Featured in story:
* Kevin Blatchford - Co-Chair, Save the Kimberley
* Warren Greatorex - Chairperson, Waardi Limited
* Scott Ludlum - Greens Senator to Western Australia
* Maryanne Petersen - Executive Officer,
Broome Chamber of Commerce"
* GREENS SENATORS RACHEL SIEWERT AND SCOTT LUDLAM:
THANK YOU! JAMES PRICE POINT
Greens Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam:
Thank you! James Price Point
Rachel Siewert: http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/news-stories/thank-you-james-price-point
Scott Ludlam: http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/content/news-stories/thank-you-james-price-point
12 Apr 13: "Dear friend,
Great news! This morning Woodside announced that it is
shelving its plans for a gas processing hub at James Price
Point. Woodside would have built a huge industrial
development in the middle of whale calving grounds,
threatening dugong habitats and burial sites - against the
wishes of many traditional custodians and community
members. This is a huge victory for a place that is too
precious to lose, and for a community that has such a
strong relationship with this magnificent country. Both of
us have been in Broome this week, and it's fantastic to be
celebrating this news with relieved locals."
* GREENS SENATOR RACHEL SIEWERT:
GREENS WELCOME DECISION TO ABANDON JAMES PRICE POINT
- Media Release
Greens Senator Rachel Siewert:
Greens welcome decision to abandon James Price Point
12 Apr 13: "Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has
welcomed the announcement that the development of a gas hub
at James Price Point has been abandoned, saying the
decision represents great news for the people, culture and
environment of the Kimberley.
"The development of a gas hub at James Price Point would
have destroyed irreplaceable environmental, cultural,
social and heritage values. It has been a divisive and
contentious issue for people across the region over a
number of years," Senator Siewert said from the Kimberley
"Aboriginal people in the Kimberley deserve the same access
to housing, jobs, education and other services as all other
West Australians. It is not appropriate for the WA
Government to have tied the provision of these services to
the development of a gas hub at James Price Point. ... "
Senator Siewert said today."
* ROBIN CHAPPLE, WA GREENS MLC:
KIMBERLEY STILL AT RISK AS WOODSIDE HALTS JPP
- Media Release
Robin Chapple, WA Greens MLC:
Kimberley still at risk as Woodside halts JPP
12 Apr 13: "Kimberley Risks Far From Settled Say Greens WA ...
Greens WA Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region, Robin
Chapple MLC, today urged caution during celebrations around
Woodside’s canning of Premier Barnett’s controversial James
Price Point (JPP) gas hub development.
"On this day of immense relief for some Traditional Owners,
local residents and their supporters around the country,
let’s not forget what challenges still remain ahead of us
to ensure once-and-for-all that the Kimberley, as we know
and love it, is saved for future generations," Mr Chapple
"Mr Barnett was reported on ABC news this morning as saying
Aboriginal people would now miss out on revenue. If the
government has tied provision of everyday services, which
the rest of the state takes for granted, to funds derived
from this project, then Aboriginal people should be
outraged. ... "
* HANDS OFF COUNTRY:
DO I DARE BELIEVE?
Hands off Country: Do I dare believe?
12 Apr 13: "Do I dare believe? As the news started to flow
late yesterday afternoon, that Woodside are pulling the pin
on James Price Point, Red Hand was unsure to believe it or
not. As more media started to pick up the story, my heart
was ready and willing to except that maybe, just maybe it
Hands off Country: "We've saved our country"
12 Apr 13: "Theresa Roe embraces her granddaughter Janine
in emotional scenes today as the word spreads about
Woodside withdrawing from JPP. Theresa repeating, "We've
saved our country" ... Congratulations to the Goolarabooloo
People and the Broome Community"
WOODSIDE ABANDONS BROWSE LNG PROJECT
National Indigenous Radio Service:
Woodside abandons Browse LNG project
12 Apr 13: "Woodside has announced its LNG processing hub,
at James Price Point, north of Broome in Western
Australia’s Kimberley, will be abandoned. ... Broome-based
Indigenous culture worker, Anne Poelina, says it’s a win
for the Broome community."
* ABC AM AUDIO:
WOODSIDE MASSIVE BROWSE BASIN GAS VENTURE ON HOLD
ABC AM: Woodside massive Browse Basin gas venture on hold
12 Apr 13: "AM has been told that oil and gas producer,
Woodside Petroleum, plans to abandon its proposed gas
processing hub at James Price point north of Broome in
Western Australia. The company is expected to make an
announcement to the stock exchange this morning. Woodside
refused to comment when contacted by AM. There's been
staunch, broad opposition to the $45 billion Browse project
from environmentalists, residents and businesses as well as
some traditional owners. Here's national resources reporter,
[Includes comments by David Lennox, Colin Barnett and
- Related Video
ABC: Woodside to shelve $45b LNG project
12 Apr 13: "The ABC's AM program has been told that oil and
gas producer Woodside Petroleum plans to abandon its $45
billion Browse LNG project in Western Australia."
By national resources reporter Sue Lannin
* PERTH NOW:
WOODSIDE DUMPS $45B JAMES POINT PROJECT
Perth Now: Woodside dumps $45b James Point project
12 Apr 13: "While shareholders have applauded Woodside
Petroleum's dumping of a costly onshore liquefied natural
gas plant by sending its stock soaring, Ms Gillard says the
company's decision to shelve the massive project does not
relate to federal or state regulatory issues. Woodside
Petroleum says a major review of the proposed Browse LNG
processing plant, at James Price Point in Western
Australia, found it would not deliver the returns needed."
AAP and Amy Wilson-Chapman
* PERTH NOW:
WOODSIDE GAS PLAN DUMP CAUSES MIXED REACTIONS
Perth Now: Woodside gas plan dump causes mixed reactions
12 Apr 13: "Broome Community No Gas Campaign spokeswoman
Nik Wevers said the group's opposition would not cease
until they were sure the James Price Point area - including
the monsoon vine thickets, the dinosaur footprints and the
cultural heritage sites - were all protected. ...
WOODSIDE Petroleum's decision to shelve a massive gas
project in WA is a win for the Kimberley region,
environmentalists say. But the workers union says it is a
devastating blow for the local construction and
* THE WEST:
$45B BROWSE GAS HUB DEAD
The West: $45b Browse gas hub dead
12 Apr 13: "The national workers union has accused Woodside
Petroleum of bypassing Australian workers in favour of
offshore operations and higher profits, aided by the
Greens. ... Woodside Chief executive officer Peter Coleman
says it is confident the Browse gas project will go ahead,
despite scrapping plans James Price Point. ... Premier
Colin Barnett says the failure to develop a gas hub project
at James Price Point is a tragedy and a missed opportunity.
... WA Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said the Premier's
constant interfering and meddling caused the James Price
Point project to be lost." Andrew Probyn, Peter Kerr,
Gareth Parker, Peter Klinger, Dan Emerson and AAP,
The West Australian
WOODSIDE SAYS GIANT ONSHORE BROWSE PLANT 'NOT COMMERCIALLY VIABLE'
Woodside says giant onshore Browse plant 'not commercially viable'
Save the Kimberley: http://www.savethekimberley.com/2013/04/12/woodside-cans-gas-hub/
12 Apr 13: "WOODSIDE Petroleum has scrapped its
controversial $US45 billion ($43 billion) plan to build the
Browse liquefied natural gas project (LNG) plant at James
Price Point, north of Broome, because of the high cost of
building in the heated West Australian construction market.
But the issue of whether Woodside will construct a plant
on the iconic Kimberley coast, a plan that has angered
environmentalists and some community groups, been heavily
backed by WA Premier Colin Barnett and divided Aboriginal
groups, has not been entirely put to bed." Matt Chambers
- Related News
Woodside investors relieved at Browse decision
12 Apr 13: "Woodside investors have expressed relief at the
decision to abandon the hugely costly plan to build a new
LNG plant at James Price Point, with some stepping up calls
for capital to be returned to shareholders in the absence
of other near-term growth investments."
* GREENS SENATORS RACHEL SIEWERT AND SCOTT LUDLAM, AND ROBIN CHAPPLE MLC:
WOODSIDE WITHDRAWAL FROM JAMES PRICE POINT
- COULD SIGNAL A BIG WIN FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA
- Media Release
Greens Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam, and Robin Chapple MLC:
Woodside withdrawal from James Price Point
- could signal a big win for Western Australia
Rachel Siewert: http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/woodside-withdrawal-james-price-point-%E2%80%93-could-signal-big-win-western-australi
Scott Ludlam: http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/woodside-withdrawal-james-price-point-%E2%80%93-could-signal-big-win-western-australi
Robin Chapple MLC: http://www.robinchapple.com/woodside-withdrawal-james-price-point-could-signal-big-win-wa
11 Apr 13: "Reports that Woodside is shelving its planned
Browse gas project at James Price Point could signal a big
win for the Kimberley and the environment alike, the Greens
"These are very encouraging reports and it is important
that Woodside and the WA Government announce the decision,
if it has been made," Senator Rachel Siewert said.
"Throughout this process the Premier's support for onshore
processing at James Price Point has made no sense on
environmental, social or scientific grounds. The State
Government needs to seriously rethink its reckless
enthusiasm for the industrialisation of the Kimberley.
"The Greens continue to strongly hold the view that economic
benefits of any resources extracted from the Browse basin
should flow to the traditional owners of the area, but that
significantly better options exist for processing gas that
do not involve industrialisation of James Price Point. The
Greens will carefully assess any alternative plans to ensure
they do not pose the same risk of environmental, social and
cultural harm as the Browse proposal for James Price Point,"
said Senator Siewert. ... "
- Earlier Media Releases
Greens Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam:
Barnett and Woodside cling to obsolete plan to wreck
James Price Point while industry leaders move on
Rachel Siewert: http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/barnett-and-woodside-cling-obsolete-plan-wreck-james-price-point-while-indust
Scott Ludlam: http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/barnett-and-woodside-cling-obsolete-plan-wreck-james-price-point-while-indust
9 Apr 13: "Woodside and Colin Barnett's plan to wreck James
Price Point is looking increasingly obsessive as leading
companies turn their backs on obsolete onshore processing,
the Greens said today.
Speaking from Broome today Greens Senator for Western
Australia Scott Ludlam said "Shell and Exxon Mobil are
pursuing floating LNG projects while Woodside clings to its
plan to ruin the pristine coast at James Price Point".
"The world's two biggest oil companies have decided
floating LNG technology is the way forward for offshore
Australian gas field developments, yet Woodside and the
Premier are stuck in the past. ... " said Senator Ludlam.
Greens Senator for Western Australia Rachel Siewert said
the Federal Government must intervene to defend the
Greens Robin Chapple MLC:
Kimberley DAP approves JPP FIFO camp
5 Apr 13: "Recently re-elected Greens WA Member for the
Mining and Pastoral Region Robin Chapple MLC has expressed
dismay at last night’s turn of events in the James Price
"I am deeply saddened that yet again, the people of Broome
have been pushed to breaking point by the heavy-handed
tactics of the Barnett-Grylls government, as shown by the
public disturbance reported at yesterday’s meeting of the
Kimberley Joint Development Assessment Panel," Mr Chapple
"It’s no wonder some people react bitterly, when they see
their democratically elected Council sidelined by these
unrepresentative bodies. ...
"Unfortunately, we shouldn’t be surprised, as the whole
James Price Point venture has clearly been flawed from the
outset and only continues today thanks to the blinkered,
fanatical determination of the Premier," Mr Chapple
* BACKGROUND TO THE SAVE THE KIMBERLEY CAMPAIGN
- JAMES PRICE POINT, NORTH OF BROOME, WA
Last updated: 9 April 2013
* MINING-RELATED ARTICLES:
SBS World News:
WA 'needs to provide more info on uranium mine'
Source: Jeremy Geia, NITV News
9 Apr 13: "The Australian Conservation Foundation has
called on the Western Australian government to be more
transparent regarding the country’s newest uranium venture
near the remote town of Wiluna. ACF National Nuclear
Campaigner Dave Sweeney says there has been little
information to date about how the uranium will be mined
and transported. "If the WA government really believes this
is a good industry and it would stack up, they would have
no problem at all putting it on the spotlight and putting
it on the table and being open about it, rather than
cutting secret deals in Perth ... " Mr Sweeney said."
3CR Community Radio: Earth Matters 07.04.2013
7 Apr 13: "In March Fairfax Magazine "Good Weekend"
published an article about Mining CEO Andrew Forrest,
calling him a 'Champion of Indigenous Rights", but
Forrest’s dealings with the Yindjibarndi Community in the
Pilbara challenge that perception."
Indigenous Social Justice Association - Melbourne:
Solidarity Salon Stands Up for the Burrup
"On Saturday 6 March 2013, the Freedom Socialist Party and
the Indigenous Social Justice Association - Melbourne
teamed up to host Solidarity Salon Stands Up for the
Burrup.' ... The Burrup is sometimes referred to as the
world’s biggest art gallery. The area is unique as it
contains the world’s largest and most important collection
of ancient petroglyph, or rock carvings. This collection
contains over one million images, the oldest were created
at least 35,000 years ago. Only a fraction have been
properly catalogued. This cultural treasure is now under
threat from rapacious industrialisation and the insatiable
capitalist quest for profit."
National Indigenous Radio Service:
CSG companies deny cultural destruction claims
9 Apr 13: "Two major gas companies have rejected claims
they've destroyed Indigenous sacred sites in the Gladstone
region in Central Queensland. Members of the Port Curtis
Coral Coast Native Title Claim Group are preparing to
launch a class action against the three gas companies
developing coal seam to liquefied natural gas plants on
Curtis Island near Gladstone."
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