Special Report – ABC News On AGL Gas Import Terminal

Special Report – ABC News On AGL Gas Import Terminal

The environmental concerns about AGL’s gas project for Crib Point were broadcast on ABC News Victoria (Sunday 24th February 2019).

Watch the full report until 27 February 2019 on ABC iview at 19:50 minutes here

Read the full story “Australia is the biggest exporter of liquid natural gas so why is Victoria facing a future shortage?” on the ABC News website here

 

ABC News reporter Jessica Longbottom delivered a summary of the issues around AGL’s proposal to import liquified natural gas (LNG) via Westernport Bay despite Australia being the world’s biggest gas exporter.

This special report included interviews with Westernport Bay mussel farmer Michael Harris, local landowners Sue and John Allnut, Louise Page from Save Westernport, Tony Wood of the Grattan Institute and Phaedra Deckart from AGL (GM of Energy Supply).

 

Ms Deckart stated “…People aren’t going to be able to turn on their heaters or we’re not going to be able to run gas-fired power generators because there just won’t be enough gas.”

“We know [the community] are … taking one for the team, I suppose, in helping Australia and particularly the southern states meet their energy supply needs,” Ms Deckart said.

This is despite the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) believing it will be another decade before gas demand outstrips supply.

 

Landowner Mr Allnut said “People, businesses, manufacturers, they need energy. I understand that, but I just wonder whether it’s more about making dollars than supplying us with energy.”

Mr and Mrs Allnut’s land backs onto the Ramsar wetlands and a new APA gas pipeline would create a 30-metre wide corridor through their property in Pearcedale.

 

Mussel producer Mr Harris is worried about the impact of chlorinated water on his mussel farm near Flinders.

“Mussels filter [and eat] algae from the water, and if anything is going to potentially harm those algae levels in Western Port Bay, then I’m concerned,” he said.

“They’re like the canaries of the sea.”

 

Louise Page from Save Westernport said, “We have no studies of the long-term effects that will have on the immediate environment and further afield.”

“There could be cold water plumes that could disturb the very sensitive marine life there … [the organisms in the seawater] are going to be dead when the water’s disgorged,” Ms Page said.

 

Despite fierce opposition to the project by Mornington Peninsula residents and local community groups, AGL is 100% committed to the project and is currently working on the Environment Effects Statement (EES) for State and Federal Government approval by the end of 2019.

 

Latest AGL News – EES Consultation Plan For Crib Point Project Now Available

Latest AGL News – EES Consultation Plan For Crib Point Project Now Available

Time to start reading!

The Planning Minister Richard Wynne MP and DELWP (Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning) have released the Final Scoping Requirements for the Gas Import Jetty and Pipeline Project.

These are the “terms of reference” that determine which matters need to be investigated as part of the EES (Environment Effects Statement).

DELWP has a Crib Point: AGL/APA project website with more information here

 

A new 40 page EES Consultation Plan has also been prepared by AGL and APA to seek feedback from the community and stakeholders on the Project.

This Plan details the EES process, describes the Gas Import Jetty and Pipeline Project and provides information on the community feedback received to date.

The EES Consultation Plan may be found here

 

AGL and APA will jointly deliver an EES report that assesses the potential impacts of the gas project as well as conduct a series of technical studies that form the basis of the EES report.

The EES will investigate matters such as effects on native flora, fauna and their habitats, water quality, greenhouse gas emissions, adverse effects on the Western Port Ramsar site, etc.

The 28 page Scoping Requirements document can be found here

The Scoping Requirements FAQs may be found here

 

Save Westernport recommends that all residents take the time to read through the Plan and documents to learn about how the EES process works.

 

AGL and APA will also be holding new Community Drop-In Sessions from Saturday 23 February until 2 March 2019.

Local residents and stakeholders can meet AGL and APA employees (again), learn about technical studies and speak with specialists in key study areas (e.g. marine biodiversity).

See dates and locations below:

Cowes

 

When: Saturday 23 February, 12pm – 2pm 

Where: Cowes Cultural Centre

91-97 Thompson Avenue, Cowes 3922

Crib Point

 

When: Tuesday 26 February, 7pm – 9pm 

Where: Crib Point Community House

7 Park Road, Crib Point 3919

Officer

 

When: Wednesday 27 February, 7pm – 9pm

Where: Officer Public Hall

16-18 Tivendale Road, Officer 3809

Pearcedale

 

When: Thursday 28 February, 7pm – 9pm

Where: Pearcedale Community Centre

710 Baxter-Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale 3912

Hastings

 

When: Saturday 2 March, 12pm – 2pm

Where: Hastings Community Hub

1973 Frankston – Flinders Road, Hastings 3915

“The Bentley Effect” Film Fundraiser On Saturday 23 Feb + Westernport Festival This Weekend!

“The Bentley Effect” Film Fundraiser On Saturday 23 Feb + Westernport Festival This Weekend!

Westernport and Peninsula Protection Council (WPPC) are hosting a fundraising screening of the award winning Australian doco film “The Bentley Effect” on Saturday 23 Feb at Rosebud (Peninsula Cinemas) at 6:00pm.

When the coal seam gas industry staked a claim on the Northern Rivers shire in NSW, alarm bells rang out. A critical mass of people from all walks of life organised themselves to rally against the unconventional gas invasion. Despite the enormous public opposition, the gas industry and the State Government were determined to see their gas plan through….

All proceeds to the No AGL Gas campaign. Get your tickets here and please tell your friends!

 

The 50th anniversary of the Westernport Festival in Hastings is on this weekend 22-24 Feb with the annual Hastings Day Parade on Saturday 23 Feb.

Where: High Street, Hastings – between Queen Street and Marine Parade.

Time: 12:15pm to 1:30pm (Hastings Day Parade)

Visit website here.

 

Save Westernport will also be having an info stall at the Womindjeka Balnarring Festival, on Saturday 23 March.

The festival celebrates Indigenous Culture, Sustainability and our own special community. FREE and family friendly, 10am-9pm.

Western Port Festival Needs YOU! 22 – 24 Feb 2019

Western Port Festival Needs YOU! 22 – 24 Feb 2019

Western Port Festival invites YOU to help celebrate its 50th anniversary!

The 50th Western Port Festival is coming to Hastings Foreshore from Friday 22 February – Sunday 24 February 2019.

Festival organisers decided to refuse sponsorship from gas corporation AGL as AGL wants to build a huge, dirty gas import factory at Crib Point.

The organisers made a gutsy decision and we could not be more proud of them.

Everybody is invited to the Festival, so come and show your support and let them know we’re on their side!

You can join the parade at 12:00pm on Saturday 23 Feb and enjoy all the attractions, live music and great food.

Save Westernport and our supporters will be marching in the parade and the Big Green Chair will feature too!

We’re on board to celebrate our wonderful bay and the festival that brings us together.

Join in, have fun and spread the word!

Full of Gas! Presented by Environment Victoria at Sustainable Living Festival This Saturday

Full of Gas! Presented by Environment Victoria at Sustainable Living Festival This Saturday

Environment Victoria presents Full of Gas! at the National Sustainable Living Festival this Saturday at Federation Square. 

From the EV website:  The climate crisis is here – the last thing Victoria needs is a massive, new fossil fuel development in our own backyard. Energy giant AGL plans to turn Westernport Bay, a wetland sanctuary south-east of Melbourne, into a massive gas import terminal.

The project would lock in decades of dirty gas, which could come from fracked sources.

And it would leave behind a legacy of local environmental destruction. Hear from community leaders and campaigners, and find out how you can help stop this. 

Save Westernport campaigner Louise Page will be speaking about AGL’s plans for Crib Point!

photo courtesy of Sustainable Living Festival website

 
WHEN: Saturday 9 February, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WHERE: Off the Grid tent at Sustainable Living Festival, Birrarung Marr, Fed Square
Speakers:

  • Bruce Robertson, a gas analyst at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, will explain why the idea of importing gas to Australia won’t solve anything.
  • Local campaigners from Save Westernport  will talk about the environmental damage this project could do in the sensitive Westernport ecosystem.
  • Nick Aberle, Campaigns Manager at Environment Victoria, will explain what we can do to stop this project, and what it means for Victoria’s transition to clean energy. 
 
Thank You for Supporting the Peninsula’s Biggest Paddle Out!

Thank You for Supporting the Peninsula’s Biggest Paddle Out!

What a great day for Westernport Bay!

Sunday 6th January 2019 will be long remembered as the day that local residents and visitors to the Mornington Peninsula gathered to protest peacefully against AGL’s plan to build a floating gas factory in Westernport Bay.

Almost 2,000 people met at Pines Beach in Shoreham to show their support for Westernport Bay and send a message to AGL as well as the Victorian Government and Federal Government that we will not stand idly by and watch the bay be degraded and exploited by big industry. The Victorian Government must act on behalf of all concerned residents of the Mornington Peninsula rather than the fossil fuels industry that has been the cause of such environmental damage in the past.

Hundreds paddled out and formed a heart-shape before splashing their support for the Bay with an atmosphere that was relaxed and put a smile on everybody’s faces!  Having so many people attend this inaugural event made it a truly special day for our community and Westernport Bay.

We even made the Channel Nine News, Channel 7 News, Herald-Sun and a fantastic Western Port News front page!

Back on the beach and live music was performed by Amber Ferraro, The Warraines and Lachlan Dunne, Taylah Carroll and Bridget Allan—a brilliant soundtrack to the day. Thanks to Ron (@peninsulasc) for providing us with the power.

Save Westernport is proud to have supported the “Peninsula’s Biggest Paddle Out” and the many generous people who contributed their time to organising this enormous community action spearheaded by Hinetera Marino and her talented and enthusiastic team including Louise, Kate, Candy and all the volunteers. Thank you to Deidre and the Shoreham Foreshore Committee for their support and on-going management and protection of Shoreham Foreshore. Huge thanks to Andrew, Adam and all at Point Leo Surf Lifesaving Club for patrolling on the day.

Gratitude to Leyla (@leylabulmer) as our campaign designer for her beautiful artwork and gratitude to Zoe (@robo_photo) our campaign film maker. Thanks to @ayten and @lucyfound that plastered the Peninsula with “Paddle Out” posters to inform our local communities.

MCs Jack, Harry and Nathan did an amazing job and a big thank you to Daria (@whatisapoidea) for arranging organic, fair trade tees for us a week out from Christmas and the crew @sunbutteroceans and @salty_rose for providing your downright inspiring products!

Save Westernport thanks everybody that attended and contributed to the ‘Paddle Out’ and we look forward to seeing you again……

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EES Scoping Requirements – Want to make a Comment?

EES Scoping Requirements – Want to make a Comment?

Christmas Eve was the extended deadline for public comments on the Draft Scoping Requirements for the EES. But don’t let that deter you. After all, Minister Wynne initially said he expected the EES process to begin in early 2019, UNTIL…AGL very undiplomatically managed the period for public comments to coincide with the lead up to the Holiday period, when we’re all crazy busy. Only now do many of us have the time available to read the draft report and submit our comments. Just explain this when you make your submission and remember: even though we have included an example letter below, Jack Krohn from DELWP told us that comments expressing individual’s concerns will be far more useful to them than 100 letters all saying the same thing! Please read our original article, which follows, and take the time to submit. Continue reading “EES Scoping Requirements – Want to make a Comment?”

More News From Canberra – APA Gas Pipeline Now Requires Environmental Assessment!

More News From Canberra – APA Gas Pipeline Now Requires Environmental Assessment!

BREAKING NEWS – Following on the heels of yesterday’s announcement, the Department of the Environment and Energy in Canberra has decided that the proposed APA Gas Pipeline project will also need to be assessed and approved under the Federal Government Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act) before it can proceed!

Currently taking part in the Victorian Government’s Environment Effects Statement (EES), APA will now need to provide further information such as an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Under the EPBC Act, wetlands of international importance and listed threatened species and communities will be a focus of the APA environmental assessment.

Thank you again to everybody who made an EPBC submission on the proposed APA Gas Pipeline project between Crib Point and Pakenham – your voices have been heard!

You can find the announcement itself on the Department of Environment and Energy EPBC Notices website.

Breaking News – AGL Project Requires Environmental Assessment Under Federal EPBC Act!

Breaking News – AGL Project Requires Environmental Assessment Under Federal EPBC Act!

BREAKING NEWS – The Department of the Environment and Energy in Canberra has just announced that the AGL Gas Import Jetty project will need to be assessed and approved under the federal EPBC Act before it can proceed.

As well as taking part in the Victorian Environment Effects Study (EES) already underway, AGL will also need to provide further information such as an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Thank you to everybody who recently made an EPBC submission to make the Federal Government aware of the significant environmental impacts of this AGL gas project!  Save Westernport will keep you informed of further developments including a possible public inquiry into the AGL project in 2019.

You can find the announcement itself on the Department of Environment and Energy EBPC Notices website.  Here is a link so you can look at the PDF.

 

 

 

Draft Scoping Requirements for EES of AGL/APA Projects – Public Submissions

Draft Scoping Requirements for EES of AGL/APA Projects – Public Submissions

On Monday 8th October 2018, the Victorian State Government announced that an Environmental Effects Statement (EES) would be required for the AGL Gas Import Jetty Project and the APA Crib Point to Pakenham Gas Pipeline Project. The EES will investigate the potential environmental, community and cultural impacts of the project including impacts on native vegetation, wildlife, marine life and Aboriginal cultural heritage.

Continue reading “Draft Scoping Requirements for EES of AGL/APA Projects – Public Submissions”