James Price Point, Western Australia – LNG Terminal
EDO WA and legal firm Slater & Gordon won a major case in the Supreme Court of W.A. to protect James Price Point, near Broome on the Kimberley coast of north-western Australia. They represented The Wilderness Society of WA (Inc) and Mr Richard Hunter, a Goolaraboolooo man and traditional owner.
James Price Point is a calving ground for the world's largest population of humpback whales and home to newly discovered Spinner Dolphins, endangered Hawksbill turtles, dugongs and has a track of different dinosaur footprints preserved in rock.
The court case challenged the approval by the W.A. State Government of the Browse Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Precinct Proposal at James Price Point by joint-venture partners Woodside Petroleum, Shell, BP, Mitsubishi/Mitsui and PetroChina.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Martin, in August 2013, ruled that three decisions regarding environmental assessment of the proposal were unlawful and therefore invalid. This was because they were made at meetings at which a number, often a majority, of those participating in the decision making were disqualified because of their financial interest in the proposal.
Woodside Petroleum had earlier announced in April that it would not proceed with onshore processing at James Price Point.
However the W.A. government has expressed its intention to continue with the project to build a supply base and a gas processing hub on the site and has used compulsory acquisition processes to purchase 3,414 hectares.