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The Australian Conservation Foundation has today welcomed WA Environment Minister Bill Marmion's decision to delay the release of the Environmental Protection Authority’s report into the proposed gas hub at James Price Point, near Broome.
The announcement comes after broad community concern over conflicts of interest by EPA board members.
“This report on the environmental protection issues around the controversial proposed gas hub at James Price Point is much too important to be compromised by glaring conflict-of-interest concerns,” said ACF Kimberley Project Officer Wade Freeman.
This project puts at risk 130 million-year-old, heritage listed dinosaur trackways and the unique environment of the Kimberley
“It is not good enough that WA EPA Chair Paul Vogel be left to make the decision on the extremely controversial development on his own.
“Normally the Environmental Protection Act requires a quorum of at least three members to make such decisions. Minister Marmion has acknowledged this is the biggest decision the EPA has had to make and his need to seek legal advice shows that the process is flawed.
“This project puts at risk 130 million-year-old, heritage listed dinosaur trackways and the unique environment of the Kimberley.
“The Australian people and the Broome community need to be confident such an important decision is made transparently and in accordance with proper process.”