The big oil and gas companies are heading towards a disastrous decision but the Rudd Government isn't helping matters - back in December Resources Minister Martin Ferguson threatened to strip the companies' gas leases if they didn't start investing in the Kimberley site.
Here's what needs to happen:
The companies must state clearly and publicly that they wont go to the Kimberley coast because it is economically unattractive, environmentally destructive and strongly opposed locally;
Federal Resources Minister Martin Ferguson must remove his unprecedented lease conditions (which pressure the companies to go to the Kimberley);
Governments must commit to ensuring economic benefits from any Browse Basin gas development flow to Kimberley communities regardless of where LNG processing occurs.
Our Kimberley coast is one of the least impacted left on Earth, with mangrove forests, coral reefs and hundreds of islands - a marine wonderland that is home to threatened whales, turtles, dolphins, and dugong. It is truly unique.
Please take action today to tell Woodside, Shell, BP, Chevron and BHP Billiton that they are not welcome on our Kimberley coast!
Yours for the protection of our last wild places,
The Wilderness Society WA Inc.