At Golden Point on Sunday morning, it happened to be Spring Equinox. The luminosity of the shifting Spring skies, the threading of cool and warm breezes in between momentary sprinklings of soft rain and the silence was only interrupted by the lapping of wavelets on the rocky shoreline. We were held in a few moments of deep calm, a few moments of reprieve from the information overloaded world of angst and disarray which fill the airwaves of our lives.
Watch as Environment Victoria’s CEO, Mark Wakeham, speaks out against the destructive impact of AGL’s planned FSRU project at Crib Point. He talks about the obvious negative impact of the project, as well as the lack of economic justification for such a project.
AGL’s proposal to install a Floating Storage Regasification Unit at berth 2 of the Woolley’s Beach jetty, and APA’s accompanying pipeline to Pakenham.
In the last few weeks we have seen the transformation of the Woolley’s Beach jetty and the land around it.
The Port of Hastings commenced ‘remediation works’ yesterday 24/06/18 on the foreshore adjacent to the Crib Point jetty in Westernport Victoria. Apparently they have had the go-ahead for this from DELWP (Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning).
AGL is proposing to install a Permanent Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) at the jetty for processing imported LNG.
If AGL is allowed to proceed with its floating storage regasification unit this is what I feel about it:
“Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said the government supported the facility due to its potential to bring cheaper gas to Victoria. She said strict environmental requirements would need to be met before any decisions were made.”
Just one month ago, Daniel Andrews said on Radio Melbourne, “it is not a gas shortage, we produce in Victoria double the amount of gas that we use each year, about 405 Pda joules that what we produce, we use just over 200 pj’s every year. What they’re saying (AGL) is that so broken is the gas market that they can land Australian gas back here in Victoria cheaper than we can buy it, it is a very, very broken system and they think there is an opportunity, not because of a shortage but because of market failure if you like to be very, very profitable.
It is unbelievable to think that AGL has not even made their application to Government for the proposed Crib Point LNG import facility and pipeline to Pakenham, though remediation works on the Crib Point jetty and the roads surrounding it have been going on now for months. How this is even possible is yet to be determined.
People who gathered at last Sunday’s Save Westernport rally in Hastings assembled into the shape of an enormous ship just HALF the length of the 295m gas processing tanker that AGL want to PERMANENTLY moor at Crib Point jetty.
In her speech at the rally Karri Giles from Westernport Bay Protection Council said people who scuba dive say that Westernport Bay is more healthy and diverse now than most places around the world.
Westernport Bay is worth billions every year in its healthy state, and is too precious to lose.