Indigenous split on $30bn gas project

Andrew Burrell; 7/3/10

Indigenous opponents of Woodside’s proposed $30 billion gas plant in Western Australia’s Kimberley region were claiming victory last night after a failed attempt to oust them from a native title claim group.  But the process has been thrown into chaos after members of the Jabirr Jabirr people, who support Woodside’s bid to build the gas plant at James Price Point, 60km north of Broome, split from the main claim group to lodge their own native title claim. It was unclear last night whether the emergence of the breakaway claimant group would jeopardise attempts by Woodside and the Barnett government to sign an indigenous land use agreement by June to clear the way for the project.