Koalas and AGL's gas storage next to Newcastle Bot. Gardens

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Koalas and AGL's gas storage next to Newcastle Bot. Gardens

Postby HVPA_research » Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:33 am

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This facility they said was being built to store gas from Sydney. When AGL staff were pressed with questions that this gas could also store from the Gloucester/Stroud valley, or proposed wells at Port Stephens or anywhere else. Because after all they can add more lengths of pipe from anywhere. They agreed it could expand to store more gas from these areas, removing more bushland.


Dear All.

AGL Gas Storage/freezing facility at Tomago on the land owned by Tomago Aluminium, that was NEVER to be built on or cleared as it is a designated Koala Habitat Area of Port Stephens.

Unfortunately this area of bushland has been approved to be bulldozed allowing AGL Gas to proceed with the NSW Planning Dept. approval. NBN reported AGL Gas is now currently with the Federal Government on this project.

Port Stephens Council (some) were not happy and tried in vain to have this land protected for all time as a wildlife habitat and Koala Habitat area. They failed the majority. They tried at best to pick AGL Gas up on an offsett area.

The offsett discussed to us was at Grahamstown Dam some 13-14Kms North or more away from this area to be destroyed where the Koala's and other animals are currently living.

This project is not only affecting the Koala Habitat and bushland for other wildlife. The pipeline will be bored under the Hunter River with the other proposed AGL Gas pipeline from the Gloucester/Stroud valley. Through the RAMSAR wetlands area of the Hunter River. When you would state to AGL Gas staff, this is the RAMSAR Wetlands area, they came back quickly saying the area was alreay impacted by industry etc. (as usual an answer for everything).

When we met AGL at the Tomago Club last year, their 'drop in meeting'. There were 4 people with another 2 present. 6 people in total received information and we stayed until way past the time of closing. So much so the staff needed to get back to Sydney and were getting a bit figity.

The flaring chimney will be 500 metres from the back boundary fence of the Newcastle Botanic Gardens. (we can all watch what happens to the bushland around this AGL Gas development.... in time.

It will flare at least once a month = 12 times a year, not including other flaring events as necessary or required to "reduce pressure" etc..

This facility they said was being built to store gas from Sydney. When AGL staff were pressed with questions that this gas could also store from the Gloucester/Stroud valley, or proposed wells at Port Stephens or anywhere else. Because after all they can add more lengths of pipe from anywhere. They agreed it could expand to store more gas from these areas, removing more bushland.

And so, this project now with the Federal Government. We should all be contacting them immediately requesting they REJECT this AGL Gas Application entirely.

Anything to do with gas mining whether its coal seam gas, shale seam gas - whatever! The environmental affects will be ever lasting! We have enough proof of that in Australia, let alone oversees.

Don't for a minute think that I am forgetting about the ugly coal industry.

We are at the last 2 days of the submission period for Gloucester Coal's extended train time movements (6am to 1am following morning). ICAG Inc. & EDO are continuing to lobby Planning. They withdrew the submission period in March on the last day. We are hoping they do the same again. AS the consultation process has NOT taken place with the people living along the railway line from Duralie Coal's exit to Stratford Coal's enterance. This information should have been incorporated in the"Noise Management Plan" and the "Study of dust emissions". People living along the railway line have not been consulted in person. And the letters 26 or 27 letters sent out most people did not receive.

Yet Planning continue to advise us they are satisfied with the noise and dust reports.

Amanda Albury
ICAG Inc.
Secretary



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