Australia Pacific LNG will undertake a further round of public consultation following the release Wednesday of its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Executive Summary by the Queensland Coordinator-General for public comment.
In a significant milestone for the Project, the EIS will be publicly available in full from Monday 29 March and submissions to the Queensland Coordinator-General can be submitted until Tuesday 4 May 2010.
The EIS has been prepared on the basis of the maximum potential size of the Australia Pacific LNG project. It covers a multi-train, Coal Seam Gas (CSG) to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project with plans to export its first LNG from its plant on Curtis Island near Gladstone in 2014.
Extensive public consultation has been undertaken throughout the last 12 months with communities, non-government organizations and governments of all levels on the Project. To date, Australia Pacific LNG has met or corresponded with more than 6000 stakeholders including 90 non-government organizations and more than 500 individual landowners. A total of 16 public consultation meetings attended by more than 400 people have been held across regional Queensland.
Australia Pacific LNG Project Director Todd Creeger said, "The public release of Australia Pacific LNG's Environmental Impact Statement is a fundamental step forward in gaining the necessary regulatory approvals for this significant project.
"We see great advantages, in the areas of the environment and social programs, to working with other significant project proponents, local, state and federal governments and the various communities in which we operate to maximize the benefits and minimize impacts," he said.
"The CSG-LNG export industry will be an important new export industry for Queensland and Australia and bring significant wealth and employment to regional areas.
"Australia Pacific LNG's EIS includes commitments to assist the creation and growth of this new export industry for Queensland and mitigate the impacts, while also identifying the key benefits it will bring to Queensland's employment and economic future," Creeger said.
Australia Pacific LNG has created a state-of-the art interactive website for the EIS. This provides an innovative and informative way for the public and government regulators to navigate the document.
Major Project contracts for upstream facilities, pipeline and drilling rigs have been announced by Australia Pacific LNG over the last three months.
Australia Pacific LNG will undertake public consultation on the EIS at the following venues:
Tuesday 13 April Roma 9-12pm Roma Saleyards
Tuesday 13 April Roma 2-5pm Roma Shopping Centre
Wednesday 14 April Chinchilla 11-2pm Chinchilla RSL
Thursday 15 April Miles 11-3pm Miles Community Hall
Thursday 15 April Gladstone 12-7pm Central Qld Uni, Leo Zussino Building
Friday 16 April Millmerran 11-2pm Lions Park, Mary & Edward Street
Tuesday 20 April Taroom 11-2pm Next to Leichardt Hotel, Leichardt Hwy
Wednesday 21 April Biloela 9-2pm Biloela Shopping World, Gladstone Rd
Tuesday 27 April Gladstone 5-8pm Gladstone Entertainment Centre
The EIS will also be available for viewing at the following venues from Monday, March 29, 2010:
- Chinchilla Customer Service Centre, Western Downs Regional Council, 80-86 Heeney Street
- Western Downs Regional Council, 107 Drayton Street Dalby
- Miles Customer Service Centre, 29 Dawson Street Miles
- Wandoan Library, 6 Henderson Road, Wandoan
- Biloela Library, Cnr Grevillea & Milton St, Biloela
- Gladstone Civic Centre, 101 Goondoon Street, Gladstone
- State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, Stanley Place South Bank, Brisbane.
- Gladstone Australia Pacific LNG project office in Goondoon Street.
The full online copy of the EIS will be available from Monday, March 29 at: www.aplng.com.au
Submissions on the Australia Pacific LNG Environmental Impact Statement
Submissions on the EIS are invited and may be made to the Coordinator-General during the public comment period. Submissions must be made in writing by May 4, 2010 to:
c/o EIS Project Manager – Australia Pacific LNG Project
Significant Projects Coordination
Department of Infrastructure and Planning
PO Box 15009 City East Qld 4002 Australia
tel + 61 7 3224 4736
fax + 61 7 3225 8282