AGL’s proposed Crib Point gas import jetty and pipeline project poses an unacceptable risk to the environment for unproven economic and resource gains, according to Mornington Peninsula Shire Council. The council voted on Monday to oppose the project in its submission to the State Government regarding the proposal’s environmental effects statement.
The council said the EES fell short of demonstrating that potentially significant environmental impacts of the project could be acceptably managed. It said the EES also failed to make a strong case for the need to import gas over the medium to longer term as Australia transitioned towards renewable energy.
Mayor Sam Hearn said the EES was “fundamentally deficient . . . and gives us no confidence that the environmental impacts of this project can be acceptably managed”.
“If the State Government supports this project, it will be displaying a lack of genuine commitment to be truly visionary and take real action in transforming our energy sector and protecting the future of our nation and the world.”
Cr Kate Roper said Western Port’s Ramsar wetlands attracted migratory birds from as far away as Alaska and Siberia, and the council had an obligation to protect them under an international convention. “Western Port is also a key part of the UNESCO Western Port Biosphere Reserve,” Cr Roper said. “The AGL project contravenes the spirit and the intention of the biosphere.”
The council also felt the EES contained limited information regarding the consideration of alternative sites for AGL’s project, including Corio and Port Kembla in NSW. It will hold an online community information session tonight on the EES.