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.
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 bus full of Westernport residents were determined to make their opposition known to AGL’s gas import plans. They travelled to Southbank on Wednesday, September 26th to join Environment Victoria and Friends of the Earth in protest outside the AGL Annual General Meeting at the Melbourne Recital Centre
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.
We were extremely pleased that the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has put their support behind our efforts to question the Crib Point gas import terminal’s viability and impact on the environment.
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.
You can read the petition text below the signature area. There is also a custom message to the minister that will be sent automatically when you sign, and you can customise what it says to make it more of a personal message.
Please make sure you check your email after signing the petition to confirm your address. This adds extra credibility to our petition by allowing us to tell people that those who signed were “real” and not made-up email addresses. Thank you so much!
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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.
Last night, AGL told our representatives they have finally submitted their joint referral to Planning Minister Richard Wynne. The submission has had community groups and policy-makers on edge since AGL announced their plans to lodge a referral to the planning minister back in 2017. Since then residents, planners, and corporate stakeholders have battled to determine whether sufficient consideration has been given to the effects of the proposed AGL regasification terminal at Crib Point.
Continue reading “Yes, Minister. It’s Your Call.”