Updated: December 09, 2010
A Citizens Guide to the Kimberley Gas Hub Strategic Assessment Report
This Monday 13th December, the WA government will release the long-awaited 'Strategic Assessment Report' (SAR) for the proposed Kimberley gas refinery and industrial port.
This SAR is produced under a joint State-Federal agreement and is the basis for assessing the environmental and social impacts, and ultimately whether or not the project can go ahead.
The process for getting to this point has taken two and half years - the original agreement between the governments was signed way back in February 2008 - but that process has since been politicised and compromised.
It's a long story, full of broken promises, weasel words and excuses for work simply not done. It's important that the community has the full story, so we've written a guide to explain just what has gone so wrong. You can download the full 'Citizens Guide' here.
The 'Citizen's Guide' comphrensively addresses 10 key area's where the process has failed the community:
1. Failure to look elsewhere and biased studies
2. Rushing of process by WA government
3. Pre-empting of process by Federal Resources Minister Ferguson
4. Lack of science and data to assess values
5. Downplaying impacts: Marine and terrestrial environment
6. Downplaying impacts: Social and economic
7. Impact on greenhouse gas emissions and other serious atmospheric pollution
8. Pre-empting planningconservation processes: National Heritage; marine planning
9. Failure to gain Indigenous consent: Compulsory acquisition and Indigenous benefits
10. Thin edge of wedge
Please take the time to read the 'Citizen's Guide' and share it with friends. In the coming weeks and months it will be a very useful explanation of what went wrong, and what needs to happen to protect the amazing Kimberley.
For more information, please contact:
The Wilderness Society WA Inc
City West Lotteries House
2 Delhi St
West Perth, WA, 6005
Phone: 08 9420 7255