Kimberley Gas Hub canned
We just arrives in Broome on the day the Perth-based Woodside decied to can their $45B LNG plant construction. The battle between local folks, the traditional owners and the West Australia government ran for 7 years before yesterday. Famed environmental writer Graham Lloyd from the Australian stated it clearly below.
The Kimberley is rich in history, culture, mineral wealth and human conflict. Making a film about it is difficult given the lack of trust here. Like in the US people are looking out for their best interest and that is justt a fact of human nature.
Sense prevails as economic reality bites
BY:GRAHAM LLOYD From:The Australian April 13, 2013 12:00AM
BY closing the chapter on James Price Point, Woodside has pulled back from the brink of a final confrontation with traditional owners and environmentalists, bowing instead to economic reality and community good sense.
Riot squad police had reportedly begun assembling in Broome in preparation for Woodside’s last remaining task, to drill in the sand dunes at Walmadan.
Traditional owners and Broome locals were prepared for a confrontation.
Instead, Woodside has done the right thing by finally admitting what many had long suspected, that James Price Point did not make economic sense.
The Browse joint venture partners will now explore what environmental groups had suggested all along – a floating option or pipeline to existing LNG facilities further south.
The decision to call it quits has given the Kimberley coastline what could potentially be a priceless reprieve in the decades ahead.
It has also shown the success of hardball environmentalism that is prepared to leverage community outrage, target potential financiers and fight in court. It has once again exposed the desperate lengths which politicians are prepared to go to in the name of development.
A sober evaluation of the James Price Point fiasco shows traditional owners were divided and exploited.
Proper process was subverted in areas of cultural heritage, land acquisition and environmental regulation. The public service was conflicted.
The state government’s three attempts at compulsory acquisition and the conflict-ridden Environmental Protection Authority process were a shambles.
In the end, even a $1.5 billion compensation package was not enough to keep competing native title claimant groups locked into a marriage of convenience brokered by the Kimberley Land Council.
Some people in Broome will lament the potential loss of gas-fed mining bounty. But many will celebrate the preservation of a cherished laidback tropical lifestyle.