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Apache pursues Devil Creek gas project

While much of the state focus has been on the Varanus Island gas crisis, operator Apache Energy is forging ahead with its Devil Creek gas development project which is open for environmental submissions from the public.

Apache and the Environmental Protection Authority are calling for public submissions to the proposed project, a greenfield gas development located 45 kilometres southwest of Karratha and tied into the $842 million offshore Reindeer gas field.

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At last a responsible corporation, developing at a suitable location and not acquiescing to the state governments push to further trash the Nation Heritage listed Burrup Peninsula. Well done Apache, a few more companies like you and BHP Billeton and the world’s chronology of humankinds prehistory may indeed be protected.

Melbourne
Apache is to be congratulated for selecting a site, Devil Creek, that is not as environmentally sensitive as the Burrup (Murujuga), which contains the world's largest concentration of rock art. Thank you, Apache, for being a good corporate citizen. Memo to Federal Government: please apply carbon trading selectively to companies that destroy the country's cultural heritage, and also introduce a nitrogen oxide levy, such as has long existed in Europe, for them alone. The greatest single factor in the destruction of Australian immovalble cultural heritage are nitrogen oxide emissions.

SW WA
Congratulations on your responsible and intelligent decision to leave the Burrup alone. The Burrup rock art is not a consumable or redundant series of old rocks, and at last, its worth has been acknowledged by industry. The fact that this pristine, cultural, archeological and anthropological rich part of WA was chosen in the first place, was a result of a deceitful decision by the then WA Government; a fact which is impossible to deny. (Ref The Western Australian Museum Special Publication No. 2 1964.) Blind industry has continued to attck this wondrous site because "no other area was suitable". You have shown this to be a fallacy, and hopefully, others will follow your lead. Well done! Mike Dyson.

Hello Apache and co. Thank-you so much for moving your proposed gas processing plant off the Burrup Peninsula. This move will be celebrated among Aboriginal people of the area and everyone around the world who care about protecting the c.30 000 year old rock art on and around the previously proposed site (Burrup Peninsula). I hope in future you continue to consider the environment in your bottom line. Warm regards, Helen

Perth
Thank you, Apache, for being a good corporate citizen and leaving the Burrup alone. Investment decisions should always include potential impact on social, economic and environmental issues. Congratulations to you and to all other companies who "do the right thing" for our cultural, social, environmental and economic heritage. Both consumers and investors will be delighted with your decision!

Nedlands, WA
Congratulations to Apache on avoiding, in its choice of procesing site, not ony the Burrup Peninsula, but also the Maitland Industrial Estate, with its outlet on adjacent West Intercourse Island. Either of these sites would have threatened landscapes of World Heritage importance. Both areas (Burrup and West Intercourse) are part of the Dampier Archipelago, an archaeological and art precinct of immense importance in elucidating the total picture of mankind on the Australian continent. It is not only that the region carries a vast concentration of engraved art. That art shows immense diversity. A great variety of deeply engraved geometric symbols, both simple and complex, are most heavily weathered. Large outline terrestrial mammals (including some now extinct), first appear when these rocks are part of the Dampier Range, 150km inland. Marine creatures indicate sea level rise as glaciers melted worldwide. A variety of much less weathered, motifs belong to later times of abundant marine and littoral resources, also evidenced by enormous shell middens; plus pits and \"terraces\" indicating sophisticated exploitation of land animal and plant resources. Nowhere else in Australia offers in such a compact space the evidence both sacred (art and stone alignments) and secular (middens, artefact scatters, etc) of the entire human story, from initial colonisation through to European contact. Congratulations to Apache for not adding to the construction, usage, and emission threats to this world heritage

Bathurst NSW
Congratulations Apache on your decision to not locate your new gas processing facilities on the Burrup Peninsula. The Burrup is home to one of the world's most impressive sites of ancient rock art and artefacts. It is our, and your, responsibility to protect those ancient treasures for future generations. Short term private profits for industry should never take precedence over irreplaceable heritage tens of thousands of years old. Moreso when alternative sitings for industry exist. You will be cited as exhibiting good corporate citizenship in this, and be assured that people around Australia and indeed the world will be applauding you. Regards Helen Bergen

South Perth
I am very pleased to know that you are very conscious of the importance of our nation treasure, i.e the Burrup Rock Art. This museum of Aboriginal culture is of great significance not only to the Indigenous people but also to the people of the whole world. Thank you, Apache, for showing understanding and compassion on this very important issue. Understanding & compassion is what we need more in this modern world driven very much by economy, which means money. There is more to life than money. Future generations will not be able to thank you enough for helping to preserve our national treasure. You have set a good example for other companies to follow, which I hope they will. Kind regards, Paul Lee

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