Environment Effects Statement for the AGL Crib Point proposal
When the Victorian Govt announced that AGL would be required to produce an Environment Effects Statement for the proposed Crib Point Gas Import Jetty and Pipeline in Victoria, AGL’s representatives claimed
“We will follow all assessment requirements required by Victorian and Australian Government agencies and [we] are willing to be held to these rigorous standards.”
The Victorian Government has announced a State of Emergency, with heightened Stage 3 lockdown conditions that are preventing the public from inspecting the proposed site of both the proposed FSRU and the route 56km pipeline, and some members of the public have yet to received their copies of the EES that they pre-ordered from AGL, why has AGL not postponed the 40 day Public Exhibition period as a matter of procedural fairness? The Vic Minister for Planning Mr Wynne states that the proponent would need to request such a postponement, yet AGL representatives claim that “AGL is doing what it is told regarding the EES”. The global pandemic has made the necessary consultation and assessment impossible. Who can be held accountable for ensuring that the Public Exhibition period is managed in an equitable and Inclusive manner?