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If you’re wrong?

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If you’re wrong?

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AGL what happens if the Crib Point regasification plant goes ahead but your environmental forecasts are incorrect? How do you replace a complex ecosystem?

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Re: If you’re wrong?

AGL Employee

Hi @Netpassword,

 

We’d just like to apologise for the delay in addressing your enquiry – this was posted into our 'General' Community discussion page. You can find the dedicated AGL Gas Import Jetty Project community forum here.

 

We’ll respond to your question shortly.

 

Thanks,

Lachlan

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Re: If you’re wrong?

AGL Community Manager

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Re: If you’re wrong?

AGL Employee

Hi Netpassword,

 

We understand there are concerns in the community about the impact of this project on the ecosystem of the bay. We are in a difficult position because our customers area also going to be very concerned if we don’t supply them with gas.

 

While the studies completed to date in the preliminary assessments demonstrate that the impacts to the environment associated with this project will have minimal impact on the environment, an in-depth investigation is being undertaken as part of the Environmental Effects Statement. This was a requirement from the Victorian Government, predominantly because of community concerns around the environmental impact. We will follow all assessment requirements deemed necessary by the government and regulatory bodies and are willing to be held to these standards. The Minister for Planning will decide on the suitability of the project.

 

As the EES process is the most rigorous avenue for obtaining government approvals, without the Minister for Planning’s assessment that the project would have an acceptable level of environmental effects, AGL would not be able to pursue the project. 

 

To even consider this project, we must plan for any possible failures (the worst-case scenarios) assuming they could happen no matter how unlikely. 

 

Multiple bodies will oversee our conduct and management of risks in the approvals stage and, if it succeeds, during its operation. Appropriate checks will be in place and we will be required to monitor changes in the environment and respond accordingly.

This project will be subject to oversight and regulation by numerous regulators and government agencies, including:  

  • Australian Maritime Safety Authority
  • Transport Safety Victoria
  • Marine Safety Victoria
  • Office of Transport Safety (Cth)
  • Energy Safety Victoria
  • WorkSafe Victoria
  • Harbour Master
  • Victorian Regional Channels Authority
  • Port of Hastings Development Authority

The project also must adhere to several legislative requirements, including:

  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act)
  • Environmental Effects Act 1978
  • Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988
  • Victorian Advisory Lists
  • Planning and Environment Act 1987
  • Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme
  • Guidelines for the removal, destruction or lopping of native vegetation (DELWP 2017a)
  • Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 (CaLP Act)

AGL has yet to make a final decision to fully fund the proposed project. We will follow all assessment requirements deemed necessary by the government and regulatory bodies and are willing to be held to these standards