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Hydro Tasmania: 1205GWh of inputs at an average price of $26 over the period since last April, and 422 GWh at an average price of $102/MW on export

Posted by gmarkets on 27 September, 2007

Dr David Crean, Chair, Hydro Tasmania, and Vince Hawkesworth chief executive officer, Hydro Tasmania explained n March “we did 205 gigawatt hours of inputs at an average price of $26 over the period since last April, and 422 gigawatt hours at an average price of $102 per megawatt on export.

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Greens leader wants plebiscites to allow local input on all major infrastructure decisions: pulp mills, desal, nuclear power plants and Queensland council mergers

Posted by gmarkets on 27 September, 2007

Amendments to the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Democratic Plebiscites) Bill 2007 deserved support, said Greens leader Senator Bob Brown in the Federal Senate on 17 September 2007.

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Controversy surrounds Gunns Tasmania pulp mill: foresters pressure mill opponents amid suggestions of corruption and secrecy

Posted by gmarkets on 20 September, 2007

As then Labor leader Mark Latham found out, the politics of Tasmania’s marginal seats, Bass and Braddon, are more quicksand than woodchip, reported The Australian (15/9/2007, p. 26).

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Tasmanian Premier Paul Lennon shows “poor judgment”; Gunns saga whirls towards Turnbull’s desk, oiled by 700 submissions

Posted by gmarkets on 19 September, 2007

Tasmanian Premier Paul Lennon had not helped himself, showing poor judgment when he allowed a company owned by Gunns to renovate his home when the state Government was trying to push through the $2 billion pulp-mill project for Gunns, according to The Australian (15/9/2007, p. 26).

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Gunns’ Tamanian pulp mill faces greenhouse gas assessment: plant will add 2pc to national emissions

Posted by gmarkets on 19 September, 2007

Federal Labor had flagged subjecting the proposed Tasman­ian pulp mill to an assessment of its greenhouse gas impact, amid claims that it alone would generate 2 per cent of Australia’s carbon dioxide emissions, reported The Australian (7/9/2007, p. 4).

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Battle of the pulp mill-accounts: Gunns claims greenhouse gas emissions reduced 1.3 million tonnes of CO2-e, a year

Posted by gmarkets on 19 September, 2007

Jim Wilkinson, Member for Nelson, Independent, speaking to the Legislative Council, Parliament of Tasmania, Tasmania, 30 August 2007 said “With the pulp mill commencing operations, greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by approximately a net 1.3 million tonnes of CO 2 equivalent per annum.

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Tasmanian pulp mill debate crosses Strait to create ripples in federal politics

Posted by gmarkets on 18 September, 2007

The best efforts of both major parties to quarantine the Tamar Valley pulp mill debate south of Bass Strait continued to fail dismally, according to Matthew Denholm reported The Australian (15/9/2007, p.31).

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Tasmania’s Hydro-Electric Commission must supply unknown quantity of water to unknown number of irrigators along Ouse and Lake rivers

Posted by gmarkets on 17 September, 2007

Riparian land-holders on the Lake River below Woods Lake and the Ouse River below Waddamana had a statutory right to take water for irrigation under the Electricity Supply Industry Restructuring (Savings and Transitional Provisions) Act 1995 and therefore did not require a water licence under the Water Management Act 1999, said Doug Parkinson, Leader of the Government in the Council, in the Tasmanian Legislative Council on 30 August 2007. Fifty year old agreement still honoured: “When the Poatina power development was approved in 1957,” Parkinson said, “one of the mitigating actions negotiated for diverting the water in Great Lake to the north was a statutory obligation on the Hydro-Electric Commission to make water available to riparian irrigators along the Ouse and Lake rivers. These obligations were carried over at corporatisation of the Hydro-Electric Commission.”

Legislation cited: According to Parkinson the current statutory requirement was the Electricity Supply Industry Restructuring (Savings and Transitional Provisions) Act 1995 Division 2, the Lake River and River Ouse, Section 16(1), which laid down that owners of land within boundaries specified in the section had to be provided with “water reasonably required for the irrigation of that land from the beds of the Lake River and the River Ouse and the channels of the Lawrenny Irrigation Works that have continued in existence since 1 November 1957 or earlier”.

Boundaries defined: The land defined in the legislation was:

• the area of land in the Parish of Lawrenny, County of Cumberland, bounded … on the south-west by the River Derwent from its confluence with the River Ouse to its confluence with the River Clyde thence on the east by the River Clyde in a general northerly direction to the Lyell Highway thence on the north-east in a general north-westerly direction by that highway to the River Ouse and thence on the west by the River Ouse in a general southerly direction to the point of commencement; and

• the riparian tenements situated on the Lake River and the River Ouse below Waddamana.

Number and capacity of pumps only limit: “Under the terms of the original Loan (Hydro-Electric Commission) Act 1957, Hydro Tasmania is required to maintain Lake and Ouse river flows for reasonable irrigation,” Parkinson said. “In practical terms, irrigators who are covered by the act were only limited by their ability to remove water from the river – that is, the number and capacity of their pumps. As water licences are not required it is not known exactly how many irrigators are extracting water from the Lake and Ouse rivers and in what quantities. In addition, not all landowners on the Lake and Ouse rivers extract a similar volume of water for irrigation purposes each year due to variations in farming practices.”

Reference: Doug Parkinson, Leader of the Government in the Council, Member for Wellington, Legislative Council, Parliament of Tasmania, Tasmania, 30 August 2007.

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Generation capacity of Gunns proposed Tasmanian pulp mill approximately 215 megawatts; 65 megawatts available to be sold into grid

Posted by gmarkets on 17 September, 2007

Criticism of the proposed pulp mill in Tasmania was based on speculation and misunderstanding, said Doug Parkinson, Leader of the Government in the Council, in the Tasmanian Legislative Council on 30 August 2007.

Wells report faulty: “The claim that Forestry Tasmania will subsidise the pulp mill by setting stumpage rates at less than half their commercial value is without basis,” Parkinson said. “This reveals a poor understanding in the Wells report of how stumpage rates are determined. The Wells report also estimates that the pulp mill will result in the loss of over 1,000 jobs in the tourism industry. It is pure speculation to derive these estimates from a survey of tourism operators that simply asked general questions on how they thought the pulp mill would impact on their business and on the Tasmanian brand.” Electricity estimates: “On the question of electricity generation, the honourable member for Huon sought confirmation of the amount of power forgone as a result of the contract for water from Trevallyn Dam entered into between Gunns and Hydro Tasmania. His estimate was that approximately 1 megawatt of electricity would be forgone, which is very close to the advice received from Hydro Tasmania of approximately 0.86 of a megawatt ,” said Parkinson. “In terms of the generation capacity of the Gunns pulp mill once operating, it is approximately 215 megawatts. Actual generation is likely to be between 155 and 170 megawatts, which would mean that at least 65 megawatts would be available to be sold into the grid.”

Reference: Doug Parkinson, Leader of the Government in the Council, Member for Wellington, Legislative Council, Parliament of Tasmania, Tasmania, 30 August 2007.

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Illegal protest activity in Tasmania: “Simply criminals who are out to damage the Tas­manian brand”, say Tasmanian Forest Contractors

Posted by gmarkets on 15 September, 2007

According to Ferdie Kroon, CEO of Tasmanian Forest Contractors Association, he was amazed and incensed to read the Mercury’s front page report (5 September) into the actions of Altana Beltran, in The Mercury (6/9/2007, p. 30).

Front page coverage ‘unfair’ : “ How could a newspaper indir­ectly support the proponent of illegal activity by giving her and the Tasmanian Greens front-page status? Protesters like her are not engaging in peaceful and legal protests, they are engaging in illegal and criminal like activity. Actions which stop lawful works must be condemned by society and the media that represents us. A protestor recently mali­ciously cut the rope of a police officer who then fell about three metres to the ground”.

Distinction between legal and illegal protest activity: ” Let us not forget the costs to businesses, employees and com­munities of these illegal activi­ties, which could be in excess of $15,000 per day, not inclusive of damage to equipment. The Tasmanian Forest Contrac­tors Association does not stand in the way of legal protest activity but we will not support illegal activity and we encourage the Tasmanian community to draw the distinction between legal and illegal protest activity. Purveyors of the latter are simply criminals who are out to damage the Tas­manian brand as well as significantly impede hard-working com­munities”.

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