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.

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Rally Outside Victorian Election Debate at Frankston

Rally Outside Victorian Election Debate at Frankston

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”

ACCC Changes Its Mind on a Gas Reservation Policy

ACCC Changes Its Mind on a Gas Reservation Policy

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”

We Need Urgent Help with the EPBC.  This Article Tells you Why, and How to Help.

We Need Urgent Help with the EPBC. This Article Tells you Why, and How to Help.

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.

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Richard Wynne and Save Westernport Talk About the EES on ABC Radio

Richard Wynne and Save Westernport Talk About the EES on ABC Radio

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.

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