In the recent media release and newspaper articles that reported the welcome announcement that the Crib Point proposal will be delayed, AGL has claimed that they “are working closely with residents of the Mornington Peninsula, particularly (local environmental group) Save Westernport, who have vocally and vigorously worked to protect the environment and we have listened to them.” If this were true, AGL would have withdrawn plans for the LNG import and processing facility based on the widespread rejection of the proposal expressed in no uncertain terms when every candidate in the local electorate of Flinders in the recent federal election announced their strong opposition to the AGL proposal at a public meeting held by Save Westernport and Environment Victoria on May 1 2018. The fact that AGL is barreling ahead with their plans despite this local opposition demonstrates that YOU ARE NOT LISTENING to local concerns. Any suggestion that you have taken these concerns seriously is nothing more than a cynical attempt on the part of AGL to demonstrate a rapore with the community that frankly does not exist. The EES now underway requires the proponent AGL to demonstrate that they have “social license” to operate within this community. Nothing could be more certain than AGL’s lack of social license. With every detail that has emerged, this community has become more certain that AGL’s inappropriate facility within a protected wetland is a disaster waiting to happen. It is most UNWELCOME. The most recent delay caused by the rigorous requirements of the EES has forced AGL to renegotiate its prospective contract for the FSRU, (Floating Storage Regasification Unit). For AGL to attempt to dress this recent announcement up as some kind of concession to local concerns is dishonest in the extreme. Unfortunately this what we have come to expect from the routine operations of AGL, a corporation that has been fined in the past for “deceptive and misleading conduct”, and in this community has attempted to buy local support with cash donations they have admitted making to the local footy clubs etc.
As a member of Save Westernport who travelled to Melbourne last week in an unsuccessful attempt to meet with AGL CEO Brett Redman while he was in town for the 2019 Australian Energy Week to discuss our concerns and deliver a petition against the project containing over 17,000 signatures, I resent the misleading statement that AGL is “working closely with Save Westernport”. It is important to state that Save Westernport has no intention of working with AGL other than to repeat our vehement opposition to the Crib Point proposal. We will continue to oppose it at every opportunity until it is withdrawn. Can you please confirm whether the new FSRU, ‘Esperanza’ has closed loop capabilities that were NOT available on the previously contracted “HOEGH”? Please publish this comment.