Greenpeace's new Australian head yesterday labelled as "crazy" the location of Woodside Petroleum's $30 billion LNG project at James Price Point in the Kimberley and predicted the battle was not over despite its approval last month by the Environmental Protection Authority.
"I don't think we've seen the end of that issue by any means," said David Ritter, who today becomes the chief executive of Greenpeace Australia Pacific.
"It's pretty clear that it would be a crazy place to put a facility of that kind. We're talking about environmental damage to a remarkable WA coast."
He described the Barnett Government's rejection of coal mining in Margaret River as "terrific".
After the Government's decision in February to reject a bid for a coal mine 15km north-east of the township, Mines Minister Norman Moore last month announced the termination of all pending coal exploration licences in that area.
"Norman Moore's decision was very far-sighted - exactly the kind of decision that should be made to protect our wonderful places," Mr Ritter said.
He added that Greenpeace would have no problem working with conservative political parties or big business under his leadership.
"There is nothing inherent in any of the mainstream political philosophies that makes environmental progress impossible," he said.
Mr Ritter, 41, brings to the job a wealth of experience from a short but illustrious career.
The youngest of seven children of the late Paul Ritter, a controversial planner and former Perth City councillor, he graduated from the University of WA with honours in arts and law.
He moved to London in 2007 where he joined Greenpeace and rose to become head of biodiversity campaigns.Mr Ritter returned to Australia last month with his wife, WA-born lawyer-historian Frances Flanagan, and their three-year-old daughter Josie.
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