No Gas on the Kimberley Coast!
June 2011 campaign update
In April a camp was set up near James Price Point, 40km north of Broome as part of a campaign to protect Aboriginal cultural heritage and the magnificent Kimberley environment from plans to build an industrial hub to process offshore gasfields.
Those at the camp have witnessed the desecration of burial sites and shell middens, driven over without regard by Woodside contractors conducting seismic testing on sensitive sand dunes.
Woodside Petroleum has been accused of intimidation and privacy law breaches in connection with its proposed gas hub off Western Australia (see here). People travelling up the Manari Road to James Price Point have been routinely filmed and photographed by Woodside workers for unknown purposes.
Since early June, Broome community members have been on high alert, anticipating machinery being rolled out at James Price Point to clear 25 hectares for preliminary siteworks.This area takes in known Bilby habitat (a critically endangered species), and includes a Registered Aboriginal Heritage site.When Woodside finally moved to take the machinery out to the site on the 7 of June, the Broome community were ready and waiting – a blockade began.
This community opposition has now successfully held back any clearing work from beginning over the past 17 days.
For a day-by-day account, see below, or watch a short clip here.
TAKE ACTION, WHEREVER YOU MAY BE
Even if you are unable to directly join the community blockade in Broome, there is plenty you can do TODAY to support the campaign.
We will need the active help of every supporter in Broome, and around the country if we are to win this campaign.
The Joint Venture partners, Shell, BP, BHP and Chevron are less than sure about the proposal for gas refineries on the Kimberley coast. Unlike Woodside they are more sensitive to environmental, social and cultural damage. They do not want their reputations sullied. They will be watching community attitudes towards this proposal closely – so it’s time to let them know directly what you think!
Don’t ever doubt the power of making yourself heard – we need an avalanche of letters and emails to arrive on the desks of the head honchos of all the companies considering involvement in this misguided plan to build a gas plant at James Price Point.
Your message can be short and simple, but some good things to include are:
1. Who you are (e.g. I’ve lived in Broome xx years, and my work is xx, or I’ve visited the Kimberley xx times,)
2. Why you love the Kimberley
3. What you’re most concerned about (e.g. the destruction of the Kimberley coast, huge social impacts to Broome; kickstarting the industrialisation of the Kimberley)
4. Note that there are viable alternatives – such as piping the gas to the already industrialised Pilbara, or else processing the gas onfloating LNG platforms offshore
5. Ask a question – something like “is your company wanting to be seen as industrialising the Kimberley?” and “will you pull out of this partnership with Woodside?”This is a strong encouragement to them to send you a reply!
Make sure you are respectful of the Joint Venture partners – they could be our most powerful allies in this campaign. Include a photo of you and your family in Broome or at James Price Point if you can.
JV Partner contact details are as follows.
Mr. Carl-Henric Svanberg
1 St James’s Square
London, SW1Y 4PD
Fax: +44 (0)20 7496 4630
PO box 162,
2501 AN The Hague,
John S. Watson
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
6001 Bollinger Canyon Road
San Ramon, CA 94583, USA
BHP Billiton Limited
BHP Billiton Centre
180 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000
Phone: (61) 1300 55 47 57
Fax: (61 3) 9609 3015