Walmadan Tent Embassy faces 150 police

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150 police have travelled over 2,000 kilometers to boost the local police force to push mining equipment onto the sacred Walmadan site, even though it is widely understood that some of the joint venture partners would prefer an alternative solution.

Bedfellows, the WA Premier Colin Barnett and Woodside Petroleum continue their push to destroy the Walmaden (James Price Point) site which is highly significant both culturally and environmentally.

Originals are bolstered by other concerned Australians but they were outnumbered by this outrageous waste of public money.

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Browse Gas proposal sinks to new low

"More than 150 police were deployed at James Price Point this morning to escort Woodside equipment to the site of investigations for a gas hub."

"The WA Police public order response group were flown into Broome over the weekend under orders from the Premier, such is the massive opposition to the project."

"About 30 community members silently watched the police and Woodside contractors as they drove past an information bay on the corner of Manari Road about 25km from Broome."

“The Premier obviously has huge concerns about the strength of opposition to this proposal in Broome. He’s obviously extremely desperate to avoid any protests and will go to any lengths including spending hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayers money on sending riot police to Broome,” said Environs Kimberley Director Martin Pritchard.

“This project’s viability has sunk to new lows and the companies involved like BHP, Shell, Chevron and Mitsubushi-Mitsui need to state if they condone this type of anti-community sentiment coming from the Premier,” Mr Pritchard.

“It’s also time for Woodside to make a decision on the viability of a gas hub in the Kimberley instead of leaving the Broome community hanging. Industry experts have stated it is $10 billion cheaper to pipe to the Pilbara, why ruin the Kimberley coast if that is the case?”.

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Police convoys protect equipment at James Price Point

Rania Spooner Sydney Morning Herald May 14, 2012

Environmentalists and locals camped at James Price Point, the controversial Kimberley site marked for the $30 billion Browse gas hub, remain poised for a confrontation with about 150 police sent to bolster the Broome force in recent days, as work resumes at the site.

The tensions have continued even though it is widely understood the Browse LNG joint venture partners, including Shell, BHP Billiton, BP and Chevron, would prefer gas from the Browse Basin off the West Australian coast to be processed at project operator Woodside Petroleum's existing facilities in the Pilbara.

But Woodside chief executive Peter Coleman earlier this month said the oil and gas producer would not be courting alternatives to the Kimberley until after its final investment decision deadline expected early next year.

A Woodside spokesman said the company was now finalising its engineering, site investigation and environmental studies for the proposed hub in preparation for the FID deadline.

"The studies include heritage and environmental surveys, as well as studies of the subsurface geology at the Browse LNG Precinct," the spokesman said.

"We acknowledge that some people are opposed to the project but there are many people who are looking forward to the employment and economic benefits that would flow if it proceeds."

Those camped at James Price Point today say they hope the situation does not escalate to the levels it did in July last year when about 40 people were arrested in what some claimed was "heavy handed" retaliation to lock-ons and protests.

Shortly before 11am today police ushered a group of about 20 trucks carrying temporary worker's accommodation, fuel and earth moving equipment onto the site by foot and cavalcade, according to Broome resident Vivenne O'Shea.

"A large group of policemen started jogging up the road, they lined themselves up on the side of the road and they escorted about 20 trucks, with police vehicles in the front and the back" she said.

WA premier Colin Barnett last week said those currently camped at James Price Point were "professional protestors", but Ms O'Shea, who claims to have lived in Broome for more than a decade, said the group of up to 40 people at the Manari Road camp today were local residents.

Ms O'Shea said the camp watched on, "pretty bewildered and disgusted at the amount of tax payer money that's been spent on sending in this many police."

"When you bring a huge police force in its asking for trouble," she said.

Wilderness Society National Director Lyndon Schneiders said the police deployment near Broome could be the biggest of its kind since the Eureka Stockade.

Ms O'Shea said although the Browse opponents were confident the project would not go ahead at the site, the group would remain at James Price Point in a show of frustration, now directed at the WA Government, rather than the group's proponents.

Broome Community No Gas Campaign spokeswoman Nik Wevers said she believed more equipment would be transferred out to site over the next two days.

"We've said all along that we would continue to protest," She said. "But the focus is on safety, we don't want the community to get traumatised like they did last year."