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Australian Greens respond to the release of the EPA recommendations on James Price Point

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 16 Jul 2012

The Australian Greens have today condemned the release of the EPA’s Report and Recommendations on the proposal to locate the Browse Basin Gas Hub at James Price Point in the Kimberley saying environmental assessment has reached a new low point in WA.

Senator Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson for the Kimberley and Northern Australia said today, “This report and recommendations need to be rejected by the Federal Government. How can anyone expect the results of this sham of a process to be taken seriously?
“Not only has the process been flawed but the assessment itself is deeply disturbing.

“By recusing four of the five board members due to their connections with the project, and leaving the final decision up to the Chair alone, the EPA Assessment must be considered a flawed process that has not adequately considered this project.

“Granting conditional approval condemns James Price Point to industrialisation with dramatic consequences Kimberley and all its significant environmental and cultural features.

“While The EPA has identified a significant number of issues that need to be addressed, including the marine and landscape impacts, greenhouse gases, heritage concerns and issues about ground water they then failed to adequately assess them.

 “Most of the science and other information that these recommendations are based on has already been heavily criticised – this includes the failure to find bilbies or to recognise the miniature spinner dolphins, the underplaying of the dinosaur footprints, and impacts on the marine environment.

“I have no doubt that over the next 14 days the EPA will be flooded with submissions from scientists and community members who are ready to demonstrate the flaws within the scientific data that was used to generate these recommendations”

“Given EPA, and no doubt the State Government’s, green-light for the project, the Federal Government must step in. Minister Burke and the Commonwealth Government must step up and do the job that the EPA and WA Government has so comprehensively failed to do,” concluded Senator Siewert.

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