12 February 2013
Federal Govt to take no action over James Price Point pollution
Robin Chapple, Greens MLC for Mining and Pastoral said today that the WA Government was being left to run riot over carbon pollution at James Price Point, with the Federal Government stating it would be taking no action over the WA Government’s removal of emission requirements on the project’s emissions.
Mr Chapple made the comments following questions from Greens Senator Rachel Siewert to the Department of Climate Change in Senate Estimates in Canberra.
Speaking after the Estimates hearing, Senator Siewert said “Both the Federal Government and Colin Barnett’s Government have failed to impose any conditions requiring the reduction of greenhouse gasses from this project,”.
“The proposed LNG hub at James Price Point represents a huge increase in greenhouse gas emissions. When I questioned the Department of Climate Change, they said it was a matter for WA and they would be taking no action over the WA Government’s removal of emission requirements on the project’s emissions,” said Senator Siewert.
“We can see the impact that climate change is having on our state and our country. It is grossly irresponsible to allow this development to go ahead without any regard for the impact of the associated emissions,” Senator Siewert concluded.
Mr Chapple called on the WA Government to start acting in the best interest of West Australians, rather than in the interests of multi-nationals.
“Yet again, we see the WA Government continues to abdicate it’s responsibility to the state’s future,” said Mr Chapple today.
“WA is already facing runaway carbon emissions – the Browse development alone could increase WA’s greenhouse emissions by as much as 52 per cent compared with 2007 levels- but there is no leadership on how we transition to a cleaner economy which is protected from boom-bust cycles or the inevitable decline in demand for natural resources.
“Where is the vision to make WA a world leader in clean energy technology? The Greens are committed to investing in a low carbon economy which will provide strength in jobs and the economy well beyond this finite period of resources driven prosperity.
“As we continue to see, the WA Government’s one and only priority is greasing the wheels of big business. If left unchecked, Premier Barnett and Minister Marmion will continue to link our state to a future of pollution and unsustainable energy use,” Mr Chapple concluded.
Media Adviser for Senator Rachel Siewert
Australian Greens Whip – Senator for WA