0917 - Browse Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Precinct
Summary: Statement that a future proposal(s) identified in a strategic proposal may be implemented (sections 40b and 45 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986) within the Browse Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Precinct located at James Price Point.
Release Date: 19 November 2012
The Environment Minister Bill Marmion just put out this release giving State Government environmental approval to the gas precinct at James Price Point:
Browse LNG proposal gets environmental nod
• Environment Minister reaches agreement wi
• Marine and terrestrial fauna, monsoon vine thickets and heritage to be protected
Environment Minister Bill Marmion today provided environmental approval for the Department of State Development’s proposed Browse Liquefied Natural Gas Precinct at James Price Point, north of Broome.
Mr Marmion said his decision followed three weeks’ consultation with other decision-making authorities and the ministers for Mines and Petroleum; Indigenous Affairs; Lands; and Transport.
“In reaching this agreement, I also took into account comments made by the ministers for Planning and State Development; and agencies, including the departments of Environment and Conservation, and Water; and the Shire of Broome,” he said.
The strengthened conditions will:
- improve knowledge and strengthen protection of whales, dolphins, dugongs, turtles and sawfish, including from the impacts of noise and pile driving
- reduce impacts on the monsoon vine thickets
- enhance protection of dinosaur tracks
- better address the risk of pollution from oil spills and air emissions, and invasive marine species.
“I have also strengthened conditions for the involvement of traditional owners and native title claimants, and the requirements for stakeholder and community consultation in the development of a range of environmental management plans,” the Minister said.
“I am satisfied the strictest environmental approvals process has been followed to ensure all possible issues have been addressed.
“On top of a four-year investigation by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), I appointed an independent Appeals Committee to investigate the 244 appeals lodged against the EPA’s recommendations. This resulted in a comprehensive review of the EPA’s report, which allowed me to strengthen the final conditions so the environment will be properly protected if the precinct is developed.”
• Federal Government still to finalise environmental/heritage assessment & approvals process
• Following determination of the appeals, Environment Minister reached agreement with decision-making ministers that proposal could proceed subject to strengthened conditions
• Final conditions: www.epa.wa.gov.au/peia/approvalstatements/Pages/0917.aspx
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