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Adele slams ‘committee of one’ for gas hub appeals

Adele will meet with the EPA’s appeals “committee” of one person, Dr Roy Green, after she launched a scathing attack on the Government’s handling of the EPA processes for the gas hub in State Parliament yesterday. (11 September 2012)

Adele is the only MP in the Legislative Assembly who has lodged an appeal on environmental grounds against the proposed gas processing precinct at James Price Point.  Ms Carles’ appeal was also tabled in parliament yesterday.  A_Carles Browse Report 1444 30 07 2012

In the parliamentary debate yesterday, Fremantle Independent MP Adele Carles accused the State Government of paying lip service only to the appeals process for James Price Point, with Minister Marmion’s announcement of Dr Roy Green’s appointment as “an appeals committee.”

 “An appeals committee of one is not appropriate for a process to investigate the 244 appeals regarding the EPA’s report on the Browse Liquefied Natural Gas Precinct at James Price Point,” Adele said.

 “I call on the Government to appoint a proper appeals committee of at least 2 or more persons in accordance with section 108 (1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986, to give the appeals committee some legitimacy in the eyes of the public.”

 “Dr Green may be too close to the EPA process in any event, given his prior roles as Deputy Chair of the EPA and Chairman of the EPA Kimberley and Inland Fire Review Committee. I will be raising these issues directly with him when we meet next week,” she said.

 “There is already a strong sense of public disbelief over the EPA’s conflict of interest issues which led to 80% of its board being ruled out of the process and the decision effectively made by one individual, the Chairman Dr Vogel.  It beggars belief that the Government would appoint a one man band to investigate these appeals.”

 Hansard MPI 110912

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