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Kimberley heritage assessment must be completed - Greens

The Australian Greens say Environment Minister Tony Burke must make a final decision about the National Heritage listing of the West Kimberley before beginning any environmental assessments of the proposed James Price Point gas hub.

Minister Burke today announced that his decision about the National Heritage listing of the West Kimberley would be pushed back to 30 August 2011.

“This is not the first time that this decision has been postponed,” Australian Greens marine spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Cut pollution - Make clean energy cheaper

UPDATE: Read the details of the carbon price and clean energy package here.

Pollution from burning coal, oil and gas is driving a climate crisis, making our world more dangerous, increasing prices of food and water and jeopardising our way of life.

But if we cut pollution and invest properly in the clean alternatives, we can build a healthier, cleaner, more secure economy and community for all of us.

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Single oil and gas regulator an ‘important step’ – Greens

Australian Greens marine spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert says legislation to establish a national regulator for the offshore petroleum industry is an important step towards improving regulation of the oil and gas sector.

“The establishment of a single regulator is a significant move, as recommended by the Montara Commission of Inquiry,” Senator Siewert said today.

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Government should keep Margaret River off resource exploration list- Greens

The Australian Greens have welcomed reports that no companies have taken up an exploration lease located off WA’s Margaret River region.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens Senator for WA is pleased that there were no takers for the lease.

“This release has been fiercely opposed, and rightly so. Local residents and environment groups have fought hard, recognising the importance of this region and the dangers posed by potential drilling operations,” Senator Siewert said today.

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James Price Point development risks pristine environment

The Australian Greens have reaffirmed their opposition to the industrialisation of WA's pristine Kimberley coast.

"The Australian Greens do not believe that James Price Point is an appropriate site for this gas factory," Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

"We are concerned by the approach taken by the WA Government, which effectively asks the Traditional Owners to approve the project in exchange for the health, housing and job prospects that they are already entitled to as members of the community.

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Key areas missing from South West Marine Plan – Greens

Today’s announcement has fallen well short of the comprehensive network of marine sanctuaries promised for Australia’s South West marine region by Federal Environment Minister Burke, according to Greens marine spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert.

“Some key areas are missing from the plan,” Senator Siewert said today.

“Our South West marine region includes some of the greatest marine diversity on the planet and provides a habitat for many rare and endangered species. It provides a home to more unique marine life than the Great Barrier Reef.

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Greens vow to fight Ningaloo drilling

The Australian Greens have condemned plans to explore for oil and gas at a depth of over 5km just 50km off WA's world-famous Ningaloo reef and are calling on the Federal Government to reject the proposal.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens Marine spokesperson says that despite the huge Montara and the Gulf of Mexico oil spills, oil and gas regulations in Australia remain unchanged as the Government continues to grant licences for drilling in important environmental areas.

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