“The Environment Minister’s decision to remove limits on carbon pollution imposed by the EPA is unprecedented and hands Kimberely gas hub proponents a licence to pollute” says Independent MP Adele Carles.
The gas hub will generate between 16% and 52% of Western Australia’s emissions based on 2007 levels and these high levels are unacceptable.
“This will be one of the single largest greenhouse gas contributors in Australia, comparable only to the largest coal fired power stations and for the Government to wash its hands of this pollution issue is quite extraordinary” says Ms Carles.
“The Government has also downplayed the impact of toxic air emissions for the contaminants Benzene, which is a Class A carcinogen and Volatile Organic Compounds which have negative impacts on human health” says Adele Carles.
“This looks like a case of ‘out of mind out of site’ with Kimberley locals and workers being expected to bear the brunt of this toxic legacy” says Adele Carles.
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) Read more
Adele has 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 being appointed as “an appeals committee.” 09 08 2012 Broome Advertiser Read more
Adele has lodged an appeal against the recommendations of the EPA to allow the Browse Liquefied Natural Gas Precinct at James Price Point near Broome in WA.
Adele has cautioned the State Government not to adopt measures that will weaken the protection of Aboriginal heritage in WA. Read more
The Government’s decision to compulsorily acquire land at James Price Point for a LNG plant is a slap in the face to traditional owners. This decision will bring our State into disrepute and taint any further decisions for the site. I call on the Government to revoke this decision. Read more