Thursday, March 22, 2012

Barnett denies Browse gas hub obsession

AAP, The West AustralianMarch 22, 2012, 1:03 pm

Premier Colin Barnett has denied he is "obsessed" with industrialising the Kimberley, following a new move by his government to compulsorily acquire land for a $30 billion gas hub there.

The government re-advertised notices of its intent to compulsorily acquire 3500ha of land at James Price Point this week, after the original notices were ruled invalid by the WA Supreme Court.

The Kimberley community has been divided over the proposed gas hub, 60km north of Broome, and protesters have waged ongoing battles with its joint developer, Woodside Petroleum.

Conservationists have described the sparsely populated Kimberley as "one of the last great wilderness areas on earth".

Responding to a claim by WA Greens Senator Rachel Siewert that "the government remains obsessed by industrialisation of the Kimberley", Mr Barnett denied it was the case.

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