Environmental probe into AGL’s floating gas terminal bid

Source: The Age

13th October 2020

AGL’s plan to locate a terminal in the bay and connect it to a 57-kilometre pipeline from the Mornington Peninsula to Pakenham has faced delays and a bitter backlash from environmental groups and residents worried about the potential risks to the area’s ecosystems and tourism.

On Monday lawyers for AGL told the hearing the project would not have unacceptable environmental impacts, and would help address the predicted shortfall in the national gas supply.

“It is important to recognise natural gas will play an important role in the transition to [renewable] electricity sources in coming years,” they told the hearing.

In its submission AGL says Victorian gas prices will be, on average, $1.09 per gigajoule lower between 2020 to 2040 if the project goes ahead, compared to what they would be if the gas is supplied from other sources.

Opponents include federal MP Greg Hunt, several shire councils (Bass Coast, Mornington and Cardinia), recreational fishing peak bodies, tourism operators, local business owners, and environment and climate groups.

The volume of greenhouse emissions attached to the controversial project will be among issues explored in the 10-week hearing into the environmental effects of the proposed gas terminal, which began on Monday.

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