Urgent Please Make a Submission to EPA today

Urgent Please Make a Submission to EPA today

URGENT: We know AGL has asked the EPA to weaken Victoria’s waste water restrictions to allow them to dump cold chlorinared water from their heat exchange straight into the Bay. If this change is allowed, it would make it easier for their gas processing plant to gain approval, even though the cumulative impacts on Westernport‘s marine ecology are unknown and could be devastating.

Please make a comment to EPA, even if it’s past the deadline on Oct 31,  or let them know you intend to comment at sublegreform@epa.vic.gov.au 

Your submission does not have to be technical, it takes just 5 minutes. Please tell them
– no new emissions must be allowed into wetlands and waterways.

– Corporations cannot be permitted to regulate their own waste in water or air.

– the EPA MUST NOT lift restrictions and weaken the few environmental protection laws we have in Victoria.

It could make polluting legal for corporations like AGL. 

If these laws are changed, it could allow AGL to dump 450 million litres of cold chlorinated water into Westernport every day it operates. AGL has said “we expect it would cause no harm to Westernport’s marine environment”,  but we know in the past they have cut corners, polluting and degrading the environment and increasing their profits.

Please tell the EPA that the job of the ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AUTHORITY must be to protect the Environment from corporations like AGL. They must not WEAKEN the Environmental Protection Laws already in place. We know that corporations who profit from environmentally harmful projects cannot be trusted to effectively regulate themselves.

AGL’s appalling environmental track record has been widely reported in national media. You can read the growing list of AGL’s accidents, spills and past convictions for DECEPTIVE AND MISLEADING CONDUCT  here.

Remember, if you need more time, please email EPA to let them know you intend to comment at: sublegreform@epa.vic.gov.au

Fill in the form here to make a comment

Thank you from Save Westernport.

More Info from Environment Victoria:

Right now the Andrews government is considering new rules that could weaken the EPA’s powers to stop companies like AGL from dumping polluted water into our precious wetlands. These new rules also fail to set clear guidelines for the EPA to fulfill their duty to cut climate pollution.

Will you make a submission to their public consultation to say this is not OK? Act now: the public consultation closes tomorrow! 

Make a submission here

On July 1 2020 Victoria’s new Environment Protection Act will come into effect. 

This will help shape Victoria’s environmental future. Strong environmental laws are vital to protect our precious ecosystems and cut climate pollution in Victoria.

Sadly, the proposed regulations that go with the new Act miss the mark on the climate crisis and protecting nature.

Earlier this year we exposed AGL’s efforts to weaken Victoria’s environmental legislation which would prevent them from building a gas import terminal in Westernport Bay’s Ramsar wetlands.

Now the EPA is proposing to weaken these regulations. For the first time in 30 years, companies like AGL could get the greenlight to discharge polluted water into our precious Victorian aquatic environments like internationally recognised Ramsar Wetlands.

And in the midst of a climate crisis that has seen hundreds of thousands of Australians marching for climate action, the proposed regulations fail to create clear guidelines for the Environment Protection Authority to deal with climate polluters. 

Despite already having the powers to deal with climate pollution, so far the EPA has chosen to do nothing, claiming existing regulations don’t provide clear guidelines. Now the EPA is about to pass up an opportunity to solve this “issue”, choosing to maintain the status quo. This is not good enough.

Have your say, help us raise the level of environmental protection in Victoria 

Make a submission: 

Writing a submission can take less than 5 minutes. Here are the two most pressing issues the EPA need to hear about:

The proposed regulations do not make it possible for the EPA to manage and regulate greenhouse gases. In the midst of a climate crisis, we need clear rules that empower (or even better, require) the EPA to engage with climate polluters to limit their pollution.

New legislation should raise environmental standards, especially for the most sensitive environments like Westernport. 

It is crucial to keep the protections of clause 22(3) of the current State Environment Protection Policy (Waters) that forbids the EPA from approving new wastewater discharges in areas of high conservation value.

Write a submission to the EPA today and tell them to step up their game.

Have your say: 

The new legislation is likely to shape Victoria’s environmental future for decades. We have until this Thursday October 31 to push for better environmental regulations that put our climate and our precious habitats first.

We need to seize this moment and let them know that Victorians care deeply about our climate, our unique ecosystems, and the generations to come. 

Thank you 
From 
Save Westernport and Environment Victoria 

 

URGENT – EPA public submissions on better environmental regulations close 31 October 2019!

URGENT – EPA public submissions on better environmental regulations close 31 October 2019!

From Environment Victoria:

Right now the Andrews government is considering new rules that could weaken the EPA’s powers to stop companies like AGL from dumping polluted water into our precious wetlands. These new rules also fail to set clear guidelines for the EPA to fulfill their duty to cut climate pollution.

On July 1 2020 Victoria’s new Environment Protection Act will come into effect. 

This will help shape Victoria’s environmental future. Strong environmental laws are vital to protect our precious ecosystems and cut climate pollution in Victoria.

Sadly, the proposed regulations that go with the new Act miss the mark on the climate crisis and protecting nature.

Earlier this year we exposed AGL’s efforts to weaken Victoria’s environmental legislation which would prevent them from building a gas import terminal in Westernport Bay’s Ramsar wetlands.

Now the EPA is proposing to weaken these regulations. For the first time in 30 years, companies like AGL could get the greenlight to discharge polluted water into our precious Victorian aquatic environments like internationally recognised Ramsar Wetlands.

And in the midst of a climate crisis that has seen hundreds of thousands of Australians marching for climate action, the proposed regulations fail to create clear guidelines for the Environment Protection Authority to deal with climate polluters. 

Despite already having the powers to deal with climate pollution, so far the EPA has chosen to do nothing, claiming existing regulations don’t provide clear guidelines. Now the EPA is about to pass up an opportunity to solve this “issue”, choosing to maintain the status quo. This is not good enough.

Visit the EPA submissions website here.

Writing a submission can take less than 5 minutes. Here are the two most pressing issues the EPA need to hear about:

  1. The proposed regulations do not create a framework for the EPA to manage and regulate greenhouse gases. In the midst of a climate crisis, we need clear rules that empower (or even better, require) the EPA to engage with climate polluters and limit their pollution.
  2. New legislation should raise environmental standards, especially for the most sensitive environments. It is crucial to keep the protections of clause 22(3) of the current State Environment Protection Policy (Waters) that forbids the EPA from approving new wastewater discharges in areas of high conservation value.

The new legislation is likely to shape Victoria’s environmental future for decades. We have until this Thursday October 31 to push for better environmental regulations that put our climate and our precious habitats first.

We need to seize this moment and let them know that Victorians care deeply about our climate, our unique ecosystems, and the generations to come. 

Sincerely,

Dr Nick Aberle

Environment Victoria

https://environmentvictoria.org.au/

Community Fossil Fuels Forum, Sunday Oct 27 2019

Community Fossil Fuels Forum, Sunday Oct 27 2019

Next Sunday Oct 27 Save Westernport and WPPC  (Westernport Peninsula Protection Council) will collaborate with Friends of the Earth and Energy Justice Victoria — formerly the Quit Coal Collective to host a Community Forum in Westernport.

Friends of the Earth Melbourne is a not-for profit organisation working for a socially equitable and environmentally sustainable future. The international Friends of the Earth network is active in 
77 countries worldwide.

The Westernport Forum is planned as part of Energy Justice’s Fossil Fuels Frontline listening tour of Victorian communities that are facing the threat of a prolonged dependence on outdated carbon-intensive energy projects.

We recently welcomed our local Shire Council’s decision to enact urgent Climate Emergency measures on the Mornington Peninsula. The announcement represents an important step and reflects the need for urgent action to guarantee the region’s just and rapid transition to a sustainable energy future.

Sunday’s Forum will feature local speakers and discussions about the current issues confronting the Westernport community. It’s hoped this will be a starting point for the challenging conversations that need to take place about the inevitable transition from fossil fuels.

Join us at the Balnarring Hall next Sunday at 2pm for this family-friendly event after the Somers Art Fair nearby.                                    Kids activies and afternoon tea will be provided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

with over 2 million members.

The Community Forum is part of Energy Justice’s  Frontline on Fossil Fuels  listening tour of Victorian communities that are currently facing the threat of being forced into a prolonged reliance on outdated carbon intensive energy.

Our local Council’s recent vote to introduce Climate Emergency measures is a welcome step that will call for urgent action and a just and rapid transition from fossil fuels.

We invite you to join us at Balnarring Hall at 2pm on Sunday (after the nearby Somers Art Fair) to discuss the issues confronting this community. Join the conversation about local solutions and discuss the inevitable transformation and exciting opportunities for innovative alternatives that will define our sustainable energy future.

The afternoon will be a Family Friendly Event with kids activies and afternoon tea,

https://www.melbournefoe.org.au/fossil_frontlines?recruiter_id=206271

Environmental Groups Put AGL on Notice

Environmental Groups Put AGL on Notice

AGL is still making plans to build a polluting and unnecessary gas import terminal in beautiful Westernport Bay, potentially destroying precious wetlands and wildlife in the process.

It’s a classic case of profit over people and planet.

Working with groups like Environment Victoria and Phillip Island Conservation Council (PICS), we’ve managed to delay their project twice, but AGL still refuses to dump their dirty gas plan.

The next year will be key in the fight for Westernport Bay. We need to ramp up pressure and hold AGL accountable for the damage their plans will cause to this precious ecosystem.

As a customer or potential customer, AGL cares about what you say. It’s time to use your voice and hit them where it hurts!

Take Action NOW
Send a message to AGL to register your concern as a customer or potential customer. If they want your business, they have to dump their dirty gas project.

Last week we took the fight to the AGL board at their AGM in Sydney.

On behalf of nine groups including Save Westernport, PICS, Westernport and Peninsula Protection Society (WPPC), and Environment Victoria, an open letter was delivered to AGL board members and shareholders.

The joint letter stated that community opposition to this project continues to grow, and will not go away until AGL bin their dirty gas plan.

But now we need to keep the pressure up, and as a customer or potential customer, you can influence what AGL does.

We need to seize this moment and let them know that it’s not just shareholders and the local community around Westernport Bay who want AGL to do better on climate – customers and potential customers across Victoria do too.

You can help protect our climate and our precious marine sanctuary by permanently blacklisting AGL if they go ahead with this dirty plan.

Take Action NOW

AGL is already feeling the pressure with more than 30 percent of shareholders calling for AGL to close all its coal-burning power stations by 2030 and set climate targets consistent with limiting global warming to two degrees.

We are putting the AGL corporation on notice: if they want your business, they have to dump their dirty gas project.
Put AGL on notice by signing this pledge 

We can make this action even more powerful if we get more people on board. Can you help by sharing this message with five (or more) friends? Please follow this link and share it.

You can also become a Member of Save Westernport by filling in the form at the end of the Take Action page here.

EPA Charter of Consultation – Submit Comments by 10 Nov 2019

EPA Charter of Consultation – Submit Comments by 10 Nov 2019

The new Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 comes into force on 1 July 2020.

This is the single greatest overhaul of environment protection legislation in Victoria since the tabling of the Environment Protection Act 1970.

See details in the EPA Act 2018 fact sheet here.

Under the new Act, the general environment duty (GED) will focus Victorian business, industry and the community on preventing harm.

This will require people to undertake reasonably practicable steps to eliminate, or otherwise reduce risks of harm to human health and the environment from pollution and waste.

 

EPA Victoria is an independent statutory authority whose role is to protect Victoria’s environment and people from the harmful effects of pollution and waste.

EPA Victoria has developed a Draft Charter of Consultation and would like to hear feedback from the Victorian community about this Charter of Consultation and how it might be improved.

Members of the Victorian public can submit their feedback on the Draft Charter of Consultation at the Engage Victoria website here.

Further details are available in this Draft Charter document.

 

Have your say on how EPA Victoria consults with our communities and provides more environmental information.

Public submissions close on 10 November 2019.

Further information is available from EPA Victoria by calling 1300 372 842 or visit the website here.

 

Save Westernport joined the SS4C in Melbourne this week

Save Westernport joined the SS4C in Melbourne this week

Save Westernport joined over one hundred thousand people in Melbourne on Friday September 20 to rally behind the call for governments to rule out new fossil fuel projects, commit to 100 percent renewables, and ensure a fair and just transition.  

We were thrilled to see so many people representing beautiful Westernport Bay. To all our members and supporters who joined the enormous show of support for the students in their call for climate justice, we say Thank You!

Save Westernport has always opposed AGL’s gas import proposal because it would threaten Westernport’s wildlife, degrading fragile ecosystems and prolonging our outdated dependence on fossil fuels.

With a 56km gas pipeline proposed through protected wilderness areas, the AGL plan is Victoria’s Adani, and Save Westernport is determined to get the word out about this enormous threat.

AGL has estimated that gas imported and processed at their floating storage and regasifiaction unit (FSRU) would be 20% more carbon intensive than locally produced gas. 

Australian energy analyst Bruce Robertson stated in The AGE recently that the AGL project is unjustifiable both on economic and environmental grounds.

It is extremely expensive and energy intensive to liquefy gas, and if you have one environmental bone in your body it’s an abomination. The process of liquefying natural gas emits significantly more greenhouse gases than piping it conventionally.”

Mr Robertson also argued it made no economic sense for Australia to import gas, given it exports almost twice as much natural gas as it consumes domestically.

Importing gas is possibly the most wasteful thing you could do in terms of energy – it’s just pure wasted energy on a massive scale,” Mr Robertson said.

Premier Andrews has repeated Mr Robertson’s claims that Victoria produces twice as much gas as we use. Yet AGL says they need to import gas because we’re running low. With Australians paying the highest gas prices in the world, no wonder AGL reported recorded profits last year of over $1.6 billion. 

Save Westernport’s supporters know we cannot continue to allow our precious remaining wilderness areas to be exploited for corporate gain, and we don’t need an Environmental Effects Statement to tell us that this project is unacceptable. When the EES is completed next year, the Victorian government and AGL will decide on the future of Westernport Bay.

You can email Premier Andrews to demand decisive action on Climate NOW, by putting AGL’s gas plans for Westernport in the Bin where they belong.

 

Save Westernport supports Student Strike 4 Climate

Save Westernport supports Student Strike 4 Climate

Call out to all Save Westernport Supporters
Save Westernport and friends will be marching to show support for the Global Schools Strike 4 Climate
demonstration this Friday Sept 20, 2pm Treasury Gardens, Melbourne.

We’d love you to join us to let the Government and big business know: It is NOT business as usual!
We don’t like what we see happening to our planet.
We care about what we’re seeing.
We demand change and We’re READY for the big solutions today, for the FUTURE OF OUR PLANET, now!

Crowds are expected to be big, in order to meet up before the march, we will gather in front of the Windsor Hotel in Spring St, at 1:30pm near the main entrance closer to Lt Collins Street
We’ll then walk together to the Treasury Gardens.

Tell your Friends! Bring your selves, your drums, bells, flags, banners and signs

Save Westernport Supports
Schools Strike 4 Climate!

If you’re traveling by public transport from Westernport, take the 11.04 train from Stony point.
It arrives into Frankson at 11.40 with a connecting train to town arriving in the city at 12.48.
Parliament Station is closest to the Windsor Hotel
See you there!!

Save Westernport Congratulates Mornington Peninsula Shire Council

Save Westernport Congratulates Mornington Peninsula Shire Council

 

Members of Save Westernport were encouraged by the strong leadership shown by our local Mornington Peninsula Shire Council recently when it followed the lead of Melbourne City Council and other Councils world-wide and voted to implement urgent Climate Emergency measures.

The specter of vast areas of the world’s forests ablaze, and enormous amounts of safely stored carbon being suddenly released into Earth’s atmosphere seems to have made us acutely aware of the decisive action that is so desperately overdue.

Save Westernport welcomes the announcement, and we look forward to seeing Council translate good intentions into meaningful changes in the everyday actions of the Shire and its residents. We want to see real change that will make a difference. 

It’s clear that the Shire’s goals are entirely incompatible with any new investment in fossil-fuels, yet AGL is still trying to force its inappropriate industrial proposal on to this community. AGL’s plan to import and process LNG in Westernport Bay is hopelessly out-of-date. The plan requires construction of a 56km gas pipeline that would quickly become another rusting example of poorly planned abandoned industry in the area. This is the last thing that Westernport needs right now that the bay is showing good signs of regeneration since the local oil industry was phased out in the 1980s.

AGL admits that shipping gas from overseas and processing it at the proposed Crib Point factory would produce at least 20% more carbon and methane pollution than regular gas, which is a fossil fuel already dangerously high in greenhouse gases.

In order to align with the aims of the Shire, future industrial proposals will need to be founded on energy from the renewable energy resources that are now available. 

It’s been a whole year since Mornington Peninsula Shire Council stated its opposition to the AGL gas proposal and 56km pipeline, yet this inappropriate and deeply unpopular fossil-fuels project is still being forced upon the Westernport community.

There can be no doubt that by its actions AGL is causing irreversible damage to its reputation and brand. It’s widely acknowledged that AGL has failed to show that its plan to import gas is even necessary. They have also failed to achieve the social license needed to operate in this community.

AGL CEO Brett Redman has claimed that social license is among his top strategic goals for the year, yet AGL continues to disregard the widely expressed local opposition by stubbornly pushing ahead with the project.

AGL claims to take its environmental responsibility very seriously. Save Westernport would like to see AGL take advantage of its unique opportunity and demonstrate real corporate integrity by withdrawing from the Crib Point project. We will continue to urge the AGL Board to cooperate with this community and heed its wishes by putting their Crib Point plans in the bin.

Next Friday September 20, Save Westernport will participate in the Schools Strike for Climate in Melbourne. For the first time, school kids  have invited adults to join the Strike and support their demands for a better world and immediate action against Climate Change. We invite you to march with Save Westernport. Look out for our SAVE WESTERNPORT – No AGL -banner at 2pm next Friday in the Treasury Gardens.

You can also visit our stall at Balnarring’s Sustainability Fair on Saturday October 12 from 4pm. Come and say hello and pick up our new brochure and some of our new stickers for your wheelie bins. The stickers tell AGL to put their plans for their Crib Point gas factory In The Bin! where they belong.

Remember—You can now hit the TAKE ACTION button on our Home Page and scroll down to Become a Member of Save Westernport for the value price of $10.
Fill in our Online Form or download it, and you’ll receive our regular Save Westernport Newsletter that details our activities and what’s going on locally around Westernport and the Peninsula. 
You can also very simply make an online donation.

One more thing— you may receive our regular Save Westernport Newsletters and email updates, but that does not necessarily mean you’re a Member of Save Westernport. Perhaps you signed our petition or filled out a card, or you might’ve given your contact details to go on our mailing list once, but this is different—To become a Member you’ll need to fill out our Membership Form.

Becoming a Member of Save Westernport is a great way for you to make a difference. By taking action you can show your support and help our important work furthering the protection and appreciation of our precious, unique wetland location in beautiful Westernport Bay.

Right now, more than ever we need to keep up the pressure on AGL and the government, and make sure they know that this community rejects inappropriate industry in the Bay, PARTICULARLY the AGL gas import plans at Crib Point. 

Save Westernport is a dedicated group of local volunteers, and your support keeps us going! Make an online donation

Or if you’d like to get involved and become a Volunteer we’d love to meet you!

With summer coming up, there will be lots going on, and you can get involved. From helping with market stalls to providing transport, there’s always lots to do. And if you’re a photographer of local landscapes or wildlife, we want to hear from you.

We appreciate your support to Save Westernport!

Mornington Peninsula Shire Concerned About AGL’s Plans

Upcoming AGL community meetings in Aug/Sept 2019

Upcoming AGL community meetings in Aug/Sept 2019

AGL and APA will be holding new community meetings in late August and early September.

The “Community Drop-In Sessions” will be held on the following dates:

Saturday 24 August 2019

10:30am – 12:30pm

Hastings Community Hub

1973 Frankston – Flinders Road, Hastings

 

Tuesday 27 August 2019

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Crib Point Community House

7 Park Road, Crib Point

 

Wednesday 28 August 2019

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Pearcedale Community Centre

710 Baxter – Tooradin Road, Pearcedale

 

Saturday 31 August 2019

11:00am – 1:00pm

Cardinia Public Hall

2401 Ballarto Road, Cardinia

 

Tuesday 3 September 2019

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Grantville Hall

1470 Bass Highway, Grantville

 

AGL and APA are currently preparing the Environment Effects Statement (EES) for the proposed Gas Import Jetty and Pipeline Project at Crib Point.

As part of the EES, independent technical experts have been employed to assess the potential environmental impacts of the gas project and produce technical studies on these environmental impacts (such as Hazard & Risk, Biodiversity, Air Quality, Noise & Vibration, Greenhouse Gas, etc)

Some experts will be available at these “drop-in sessions” to answer questions from local residents and explain their technical studies.

This EES process puts AGL in the driver’s seat – where the community should be.

If Mornington Peninsula communities had been properly consulted first, this tragically flawed proposal would be lining budgie cages.

 

Save Westernport volunteers will be in attendance at most of these meetings to ask our own questions about the EES process.

Save Westernport has been working hard to expose the environmental impacts that could pollute Westernport Bay and put at risk the health and safety of local residents.

Potential impacts include wastewater discharges into Westernport Bay affecting marine life, mangroves and migratory species, air pollution, noise and light pollution, fire and explosion risks in a designated bushfire zone, gas pipeline breaches and many more.

Westernport Bay is a Ramsar wetland of international significance, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and includes two Marine National Parks (Yaringa and French Island) which must be protected at all times.

 

We have met with local and State politicians to voice our concerns about this proposed huge gas factory and 56km gas pipeline from Crib Point to Pakenham through produce farms.

We will continue to raise awareness via radio, on-line and TV news stories and have recently appeared in Herald-Sun and Western Port News reports regarding AGL’s gas project delays.

 

We ask all Mornington Peninsula residents to attend these community meetings and ask their own questions about AGL’s gas project and its impacts on Westernport Bay

AGL already knows that Westernport communities hate their floating gas factory plan.

These drop-in sessions are a “tick-the-box”, token gesture for AGL because they can say they are taking community concerns seriously while forging ahead anyway.

But you can help turn the tables.

By coming to one of AGL’s EES-mandated drop in sessions, you can tell the company directly what you think.

Your comments will become part of the official EES record so it’s one of your best chances to be heard.

Save Westernport will be there to tell the company, again, that their destructive, self-serving plan belongs in the bin.

It’s bad for Westernport Bay, it’s bad for the climate and it’s bad for communities that want the right to decide their own future.

 

https://www.facebook.com/SaveWesternPort/

 

Breaking News! AGL Gas Project Delayed!

Breaking News! AGL Gas Project Delayed!

AGL has announced a second delay to their plan to import gas via Ramsar-listed Westernport Bay in Victoria.
 
Read here.
 
The delay comes amidst nationwide fury that Australians are paying some of the highest gas prices in the world while Australia remains the number one gas exporter.
 
Save Westernport believes AGL plan should be scrapped entirely – it’s bad for Westernport’s world-renowned wetlands, it’s bad for Westernport communities and it’s bad for the nation’s energy future.
 
But the delay is an opportunity to do better.
 
It’s time for energy companies and governments to start building a real renewable energy future.
 
Save Westernport president Louise Page said, ‘we can’t stand by and allow critical habitat like Westernport to be used by AGL to reap profits at the expense of the bay and surrounding communities. We need energy solutions that actually make sense’.
 
AGL said the delay is because the company has sourced a different ship to process its hoped-for imported gas and fits with the Environment Effects Statement (EES) timing which is now no earlier than FY20. AGL expects to reach a final investment decision on the Crib Point project following the EES outcome.
 
‘We call on Premier Daniel Andrews, Federal MP for Flinders Greg Hunt and AGL CEO Brett Redman to reject business-as-usual fixes that anchor us to the energy past,’ said Page.
 
Save Westernport, together with other organisations and outraged Westernport communities, will continue to fight AGL’s destructive Crib Point gas plan and support long-term solutions to energy supply that put people and the environment first.