AGL Crib Point gas pipeline project open for submissions

Published on 02 July 2020

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Mornington Peninsula Shire is urging all residents to have their say on a proposal for a new gas facility and underground pipeline at Crib Point.
 
The Crib Point Gas Import Jetty and Pipeline Project is proposed by AGL and APA Group to increase the supply of natural gas to south-eastern Australia.
 
The proposal includes:

  • Mooring a floating storage and regasification unit at Crib Point Jetty, which will convert imported liquid natural gas (LNG) to a gaseous state
  • Constructing a new above ground receiving facility on land next to the Crib Point Jetty to receive the gas from the floating storage and regasification unit
  • Constructing a 57 kilometre high-pressure gas pipeline from the receiving facility at Crib Point to Pakenham, to enable the gas to be distributed throughout Victoria and south-east Australia.

Due to the potential for serious impacts on the internationally-significant Western Port Ramsar site, listed migratory species, listed threatened species and ecological communities, a draft  Environmental Effects Statement (EES) has been prepared.
 
The draft EES is now on public exhibition from today until 26 August to give the community an opportunity to comment on the proposal.
 
It is important to note that Mornington Peninsula Shire Council does not have any decision-making powers with respect to this project. The decision on whether to go ahead with the proposal rests with the State and Federal Governments.
 
Council will adopt a formal position on this proposal at its Council Meeting on 17 August and will then make a submission on the draft EES.
 
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the usual exhibition process has been amended. Instead of hard copy versions of the EES documents being made available at council offices and other public places, interested people will need to register to obtain their own copies.
 
In addition, the public exhibition period has been extended from 30 to 40 business days.
 
Following the close of the exhibition period, an independent panel hearing will be held later this year. The panel’s recommendations will be considered by the Minister for Planning in assessing the environmental effects of the project. The Minister’s Assessment must then be considered by all decision makers when deciding on whether to approve the project. Decision makers for this project include the Victorian and Commonwealth Government.
 
For more information on the project and on how to make a submission visit: https://gasimportprojectvictoria.com.au/
 
To help community members engage with this process, Mornington Peninsula Shire will hold a free online public information session on the project and approvals process. The session is on Thursday 16 July from 5–6pm. Please RSVP to strategic.admin@mornpen.vic.gov.au by Friday 10 July and a link to this session will be emailed to you.

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