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JPP gas hub threatens newly listed endangered ecological community

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 4 Mar 2013

The Australian Greens said today that Woodside’s proposed massive gas hub at James Price Point will destroy areas of endangered ecological communities just listed by the Federal Government.

"The listing of monsoon vine thickets in the Kimberley as an endangered ecological community should be the final signal for Woodside to abandon James Price Point as the site for its gas hub," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on the Kimberley said today.

"The Federal Government has just listed monsoon vine thickets, located on the coastal sand dunes of Dampier Peninsula.

"These threatened ecological communities are endangered because the reduction in integrity across most of their range is severe, as indicated by the extreme degradation of the community and disruption to community processes.

"The monsoon vine thickets are endangered and the Woodside proposal would see 130 hectares cleared. Such a loss will further endanger this ecological community and push it closer to extinction.

"The evidence is overwhelming that James Price Point is the wrong site for an industrial development.

"It would damage endangered ecological communities, threaten a whale nursery, destroy heritage and cultural values and outstanding archaeological values.

"The gas hub needs to go somewhere else, and it is about time Woodside and the Government realised that," concluded Senator Siewert.

Details of the listing can be found by clicking here.


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