Re: Why is AGL proposing to build a new gas terminal in a RAMSAR wetland?
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.
Although we have been consulting with community members and governments since 2017, some community members are still understandably concerned about the proposed project and the impact it might have on the unique environment of Western Port.
In addition to the Environment Effects Statement process the project is subject to at the state level, it is also subject to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act) which you’ve mentioned.
In 2018, AGL and APA separately submitted documentation to the Australian Government Minister for the Environment to decide whether assessment and approval is required under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
The Minister determined that AGL’s proposed Gas Import Jetty Project and the APA Crib Point Pakenham Pipeline are both controlled actions and will require assessment and approval under the EPBC Act.
These assessment and approval processes are set up to carefully consider the potential environmental impacts of the project and investigate ways to reduce these potential impacts to as low as possible.
If these potential environment effects cannot be acceptably addressed the project would not go ahead.
Other members of the community have begun discussions on the same questions you’ve asked. I encourage you to join these conversations. Below are the links for you to do this.
Our discussion about site selection is located here.
The impact and our assessments on native vegetation such as mangroves is being discussed here.
We are discussing the marine literature review here.
The 2018 and 2019 AEMO Gas Statement of Opportunities is being discussed on the thread here.
Please let me know whether these discussions go some way to answer your concerns.