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.
People gathered outside the Frankston Arts Centre tonight. Premier Daniel Andrews and Opposition Leader Matthew Guy met in the only public debate of the 2018 State Election campaign. Frankston is a key marginal seat and the second most tightly-held electorate in Victoria. Continue reading “Rally Outside Victorian Election Debate at Frankston”
Save Westernport were delighted to receive a Community Environment Recognition Award at Environment Victoria’s 2018 Annual General Meeting last night.
In a surprise announcement on Friday the ACCC Chair Rod Simms backflipped on his previous stance and “joined the chorus for a gas reservation policy on the east coast to keep a lid on prices and save key manufacturers from closure”. ABC News published an in-depth article about the announcement containing some great analysis as well as a video segment that is worth watching. Continue reading “ACCC Changes Its Mind on a Gas Reservation Policy”
You have until 5:00pm on Wednesday 24 October 2018 to email submissions against the AGL Gas Import Jetty Project and APA Crib Point to Pakenham Gas Pipeline.
What Is Happening and Why Is It Urgent?
Both APA and AGL have referred their projects for approval to the federal government under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act of 1999 (the EPBC). Based upon these referrals, and public comments and objections, the government will decide whether no further study is necessary (thereby giving the projects the go-ahead), or decide that significantly more study needs to be done before the projects can proceed.
This morning at 8:30AM, ABC Radio Gippsland host Jonathon Kendall interviewed Richard Wynne about the EES, its impacts, and how the process will proceed. Immediately after, he spoke to a representative from Save Westernport following up about activism efforts and the importance of the Westernport Bay environment.
Kendall said AGL was asked to appear but they declined. He ends the show with their quoted statement: Since AGL has announced its preferred site at Crib Point, it has undertaken extensive public consultation, including 26 public meetings. We reconfirm our commitment to engage with the community and to follow all assessment requirements deemed necessary by the State government and regulatory bodies.
Just received from the Minister’s office… more updates soon. This is a huge win. It’s the deferral to EES we’ve been waiting for. You can see the release on the Premier’s site, or read our copy here…
A drilling rig began work today in Warringine Park, Hastings, presumably in preparation for the new gas pipeline which AGL wish to build from Crib Point to Pakenham.