Aug 23, 2013

Crikey Clarifier: behind the James Price Point decision

Plans for a gas hub at James Price Point have hit another snag. What's the big deal about James Price Point anyway? Former native title lawyer and Perth writer Sarah Burnside explains.

The proposed gas hub at James Price Point is not having an easy ride. In April, Woodside Petroleum shelved the project (the company recently announced it would instead develop the Browse basin offshore), and now the Supreme Court has found that decisions relating to environmental approvals — including a decision by the Minister for the Environment that the project could go ahead — were unlawful and invalid.

So, other than embarrassment for the government and the Environmental Protection Authority, what does all this mean?

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2 thoughts on “Crikey Clarifier: behind the James Price Point decision

  1. Gavin Moodie

    I thought that Barnett replaced the perfectly good members of WA’s Environmental Protection Authority with people who he claimed had real industry experience, who almost by definition would be conflicted. If he thinks this is just ‘a technical legal issue’ then he is a short step from the WA Inc mob he replaced, the recent NSW Labor Government, Queensland’s corrupt National Bjelke-Petersen government or Askin’s corrupt NSW government.

  2. KimbLee

    Balls up from beginning to this momentary end. Can’t help but smile at the farce with some sadness of the absurdity of it all

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