Re: Why is AGL proposing to build a new gas terminal in a RAMSAR wetland?
We understand your concerns around the selection of Crib Point, particularly with its environmental significance. We are very aware that Western Port is an environmentally sensitive area and many areas within it are covered by the Ramsar international convention on the protection of wetlands.
We understand the community is very concerned about seals, penguins and whales in Crib Point and the wider bay area. This is frequently mentioned in conversations we have with others in the community.
The community has been successful in communicating their concerns to government with the Minister for Planning requiring AGL (with APA) to undertake an Environment Effects Statement. These concerns will be addressed in greater detail as part of the biodiversity report.
In particular, direct loss of, or degradation to, habitat for flora and fauna species listed as threatened or migratory under the EPBC Act, FFG Act and/or DELWP advisory lists.
This includes whales (in particular the Southern Right Whale, Humpback Whale), the Southern Brown Bandicoot and migratory birds.
If you are interested, we have a specific discussion forum topic discussing the Southern Brown Bandicoot surveys we have undertaken here.
The impact on mangroves is being discussed here.
We are discussing light spill from the FSRU and jetty here.
A final EES assessment is made by the Minister for Planning, not AGL. If these potential environment effects cannot be acceptably addressed the project would not go ahead.