Environmental groups rethink JPP protests

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Environmental groups have stepped up their attack on the $35 billion James Price Point development, taking the fight to Woodside’s financers and international customers.

The new move follows yesterday’s decision by the federal Government not to include the liquefied natural gas site in a heritage listing of the west Kimberley.

The Australian Financial Review today reported that the contentious decision has driven the Wilderness Society to change its approach to the developments.

Wilderness Society Kimberley spokesperson Glen Klatovsky said protestors had already met with a major bank, and would continue to approach potential buyers and investors.

He said business groups would be wise to heed the lessons of previous successful high-profile campaigns such as the Gunns timber mill dispute in Tasmania.

“I would ask the question of anyone looking to finance this project or to prepurchase gas, if this is going to take six years to build and thousands of construction workers … how are you going to build that when thousands of people in Broome are going to stop you every single second of every single day?”

While James Price Point was left out of yesterday’s Kimberley heritage listings, Woodside’s Browse LNG precinct south of the area was included.

Woodside said while it was surprised by the inclusion it accepted the decision and was confident it could work within environmental guidelines.

It said the heritage listing would not affect the James Price Point developments.

“We believe that Woodside’s proposed Browse LNG development can successfully coexist with the heritage values of the Dampier Peninsula,” it said.

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