Act NOW to stop AGL from installing a floating gas terminal in Westernport.
Please sign our petition urging the Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne to deny AGL’s application or at the very least, require them to undergo a full environmental effects statement.
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AGL is currently applying to the Victorian Department of Planning to install a floating gas import terminal at Crib Point, Westernport Bay with connecting 60km pipeline to Pakenham.
The proposal is senseless on every level:
- AGL will be importing gas while globally Australia and Qatar are the world’s biggest gas exporters. Australia will be at the mercy of international LNG prices.
- The 300m gas factory (floating storage and regasification unit – FSRU) will be permanently moored in a critical wetland ecosystem and UNESCO designated biosphere reserve
- There are many environmental concerns about the regasification process (e.g. sucking up 450 million litres of organism rich seawater per day and spewing it out “dead”, chlorinated and 7°C colder)
- The 60km pipeline will cut a 30m swathe through reserves of native vegetation and listed wetland areas as well as farms and productive agricultural land.
AGL’s initial justification for this profit-making scheme was to ensure gas security and to put “downward pressure on prices”. Now they acknowledge that they cannot assure the latter due to intense demand for gas worldwide and we are not facing a gas shortage as previously thought.
As if that wasn’t enough, the gas is not for Victorians: “AGL is relying on the potential for the project to secure long-term economic supplies of gas to new gas power station projects in South Australia and NSW.” Jay Gleeson, AGL Community Relations Manager, 08 August 2018.