Tag Archives: business

Australia – Mining battle has just begun in South-West: Greens

March 22, 2011

Mining battle has just begun in South-West: Greens

The WA Greens have welcomed the EPA’s decision to reject the Vasse Coal project, but warn that continued exploration for coal seam gas in the South-West poses an ongoing threat to the region.

Coal seam gas is just one of the ‘unconventional gas’ resources in WA being spruiked by the WA Government in its Strategic Energy Initiative: Energy 2031 document,” WA Greens Water Spokesperson, Alison Xamon MLC said.

“Exploration for coal seam gas, as well as shale gas, often involving hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking,’ is already occurring in the South-West and Mid-West regions, according to company sources.

“As yet, there is no clarity from the WA Government about what, if any, chemicals are being used in these processes and what the implications may be for local water tables.

But given the extensive problems we have already seen in the eastern states from fracking, including falling water tables, groundwater contamination and uncontrolled methane leaks, we have every reason to keep an eye on this emerging industry in WA.

“In the South-West, test drilling is underway near the Kaloorup Road near Busselton and possibly other areas.

So Mr Barnett’s claims that he supports the EPA’s decision and cares about the environmental risks don’t seem consistent.

“Sooner or later, we may see proposals to mine coal seam gas or other forms of unconventional gas and the same fight to protect our water sources and private property will start all over again.

“If the media doesn’t report as widely on the next mining proposal, I wonder if Mr Barnett will be so quick to speak up about his environmental concerns,” added Ms Xamon.

For media enquiries, please contact Alison Xamon

Enhanced by Zemanta

Conservation Council of Western Australia : Golden Gecko Awards a public relations exercise for environmental disasters

See also story below on Government land theft

Golden Gecko Awards a public relations exercise for environmental disasters

Western Australia’s peak environment group today questioned the credibility of the Golden Gecko awards for environmental management in the mining and petroleum industry. The awards were announced last night by the Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Hon. Norman Moore.

Conservation Council Director Piers Verstegen said “Three of the projects that have received Golden Gecko awards are operating in areas that should be off-limits to the mining industry and instead protected. (Barrow Island nature reserve, Irvine Island in the Kimberley, and Jack Hills mine in the ecologically unique Banded Ironstone Ranges)

“Two of these projects were rejected by the EPA as environmentally unacceptable. (Chevron Barrow Island LNG plant and Pluton resources mining on Irvine Island)

“The EPA ruled against Chevron’s massive LNG development on Barrow Island, only to have their advice overturned by Government. Since then the project has had an appalling environmental record including numerous quarantine breaches, killing endangered turtles, and most recently the sinking of a service vessel carrying hundreds of liters of diesel.”

“Irvine Island in the Kimberley is another area where mining should not even be considered.”

After the Conservation Council appealed this project, the EPA stated in formal advice to the Appeals Convenor:

“Given the very high conservation values on and surrounding the island, and the currently near-pristine condition of the area, mining is seen as inappropriate”

“The idea that these projects should be given environmental awards suggests that the Golden Gecko awards are little more than a public relations exercise.”

“In a previous year the Esperance Port Authority received a Golden Gecko award for dust management before they went on to contaminate the town of Esperance with lead dust.”

“Perhaps these awards should be re-named the Golden Gecko Awards for environmental incompetence in the minerals industry” concluded Mr. Verstegen.

Piers Verstegen

Telephone: (08) 9420 7266
Fax: (08) 9420 7273


Meanwhile the owners of land in the Kimberly accuse the Barnett Government of theft. Read ABC story here

Coat of arms of Western Australia
Let’s pinch the Swan!
Enhanced by Zemanta

Audio Post – WordPress’s new post audio facility rocks – this was recorded via Skype using the awesome Blue Yeti USB mic. It’s phone quality output of quality input.

This 3 min audio was posted via a Skype call to a US landline ( provided by WordPress ) using the awesome Blue Yeti USB mic. It’s phone quality output of THX quality input.

Skype Technologies S.A. logo
Image via Wikipedia

Click the blue link below for my high quality, local recording of the Skype call ( using Call Recorder V2.3.10 ) saved in Quicktime and uploaded as an mp3 – it includes the cool botVoice…Sweeet!

Blog by voice Social Justice on 2010-07-04 at 22.27

Blue yeti USB Microphone – THX Certified ( and warm too!)

Click to visit Blue Microphones
btw… this is a totally unpaid plug…I just love my Blue Yeti.
The quality of the WordPress audio post isn’t great, but it may improve 🙂
Enhanced by Zemanta

Greens to support the BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto production joint venture project in relation to Western Australian iron ore assets


7 December 2009

Greens to support the BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto production joint venture project in relation to Western Australian iron ore assets

“Such an amalgamation of assets and liabilities in the Pilbara will have many sustainable benefits that the Greens endorse”, Greens (WA) MLC Robin Chapple said today in relation to the announcement of the joint venture project.

“It will lead to lower production costs and place Australia at an advantage in the international market place” Mr Chapple said.

“Combining adjacent mines into single operations will have two environmental benefits; first, cumulative impacts should now be more readily assessed and dealt with; and second, end of life mine planning and pit infill can be approached in a more regionally strategic manner”, said Mr Chapple.

Joint use of rail infrastructure will mean more energy efficient line use and curtail the development of standalone rail systems that were required in the previous competitive environment.

“With JV planning, the future rail footprint will be smaller than would otherwise have been necessary”, said Mr Chapple.

As far back as 1964, the National Bulk carriers mining company had called for an integrated plan for the railing and shipment of iron ore out of the Pilbara (referred to as the Ludwig Plan). In June 1992, the then Government endorsed the Pilbara 21 Final Strategy Report in which the need for an integrated rail network was again highlighted.

However the Greens’ support for the infrastructure JV proposed by BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto is conditional on the fact that there will be no job losses caused by the joint venture.

“Mr Barnett’s push for a more equitable return on royalties derived from the now commercial iron ore fines market is to be supported, but not by way of a threat of blocking this amalgamation”, said Mr Chapple.

All the best

Robin Chapple MLC

Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region

PO Box 94, West Perth WA 6872

41 Havelock Street, West Perth. WA 6005

Phone: (08) 9486 8255 | Email: Robin.Chapple | Freecall: 1800 138 610

This message and its attachments may contain legally privileged or confidential information. It is intended solely for the named addressee. If you are not the addressee indicated in this message (or responsible for delivery of the message to the addressee), you may not copy or deliver this message or its attachments to anyone. Rather, you should permanently delete this message and its attachments and kindly notify the sender by reply email. Any content of this message and its attachments which does not relate to the official business of the above mentioned organisations or person must be taken not to have been sent or endorsed by any of them. No warranty is made that the e-mail or attachment(s) are free from computer virus or other defect.

from @perthtones’ iPhone

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]

Colourful protest against inaction over australia’ worst ever oil spill – The Wilderness Society of WA

The Wilderness Society of WA protested effectively outside an oil and gas industry headquarters in Perth as the Atlas West Oil rig owned by Thai/Burmese operators continues to kill ocean, reef and mainland wildlife in the Timor Sea.

See Bikini clad Perth protestors cover themselves in oil, click the pic for the video link

TWSWA oil spill protest
The Wilderness Society calls on industry and govt to COME CLEAN


Please visit the TWSWA website http://www.wilderness.org.au/regions/western-australia

and follow them on twitter at @TWSWA

Meanwhile, the Governments of Kevin Rudd and Colin Barnett are yet to answer key questions on the lamentable response to the oil disaster by it’s operators, let alone address the issue of profits possibly going to the Generals.

See the link below for the 6PR interview, pictures of the spill taken by the Greens and an interview with Senator Rachel Siewert Youtube slideshow of the oil slick – also, Kevin Rudd doesn’t even use the word “environment”in his brief spin on air at 6PR with Simon Beaumont (6pr.com.au )

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2009 ANNOUNCEMENT – Plastic bag ban, target set!


Today June 5th 2009 marks the tolling of official death knell of the plastic shopping bag.

The Greenhouse Neutral Foundation and its many friends and allies all around the world on Saturday September 26 2009 will call for the world to BAN THE BAG. Our vision will be that by the turn of the clock at midnight on December 31st 2010 they will be BANNED forever globally.

The STOPlasticBags campaign will demand government action, Company and business commitment and consumer support to eradicate what has become a profligate plague of our current times.

For more information on the campaign please visit the Foundations web site blog page at http://www.greenhouseneutral.net/blog.asp

Media Contact:Prime Minister's Award
Bob Williamson
Founder and Chair
Greenhouse Neutral Foundation
+61 8 9295 6035

Related articles by Zemanta

Zemanta helped me add links & pictures to this email. It can do it for you too.

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]