GCC submission re Gladstone Ports Master Plan
Submission to DEHP by GCC re: increase in flaring via amendment to Environmental Authority
…The GREAN forum has its origin in the Gladstone 2028 Community Visioning Project. It sought to redress GRC’s lack of formally incorporating environmental and social aspects in its decision making processes. There had been a demonstrated bias to economic aspects favouring the more litigiously potent entities. Social and environmental matters were largely reactive responses rather than pro-active. GREAN was to be a community platform where social and environmental matters could be brought to GRC. …
Letter from DEHP to Cheryl Watson: in part: “I can advise that an amended EA was issued by the department on 29 January 2016. The intent of the conditions contained in the amendment is to mandate additional requirements for the operation of the process flare. The proposed amended conditions will require QGC to: • operate and equip the flare with monitoring equipment that provides additional data on emissions; • ensure smoke is not emitted for more than five minutes in any two hour period during normal operating conditions; and • include a limit of no more than 30 minutes of flaring in ‘non-normal’ conditions such as planned maintenance shutdowns. The amendment was pursued by the department as a result of community concerns and concerns raised by Gladstone Conservation Council. This action followed the issue of a penalty infringement notice during October 2015 in relation to environmental nuisance.”
Freedom of Information – QCLNG’s response to EHP after a ‘please explain’ due to the black smoke
Project flow diagram – investigation into the potential for the State Development Area in Bundaberg
Decision of the Office of the Information Commissioner on Gladstone Conservation Council’s Financial Hardship status for Right to Information purposes. Valid until 8 January 2017.
Map of investigation area for proposed State Development Area in Bundaberg. Note the closeness of famous turtle nesting area Mon Repos.
Correspondence from Cheryl Watson to the Minister for the Environment re: LNG Industry on Curtis Island and the ecological health of Gladstone Harbour.
Correspondence between Cheryl Watson and the Office of the Premier re: the extension to the Gladstone State Development Area.
Correspondence from Cheryl Watson re the Gladstone Healthy Harbour partnership
This Map, which was released for public consultation on 2014, no longer appears on the State Development website (See below). Luckily we saved a copy! http://statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/coordinator-general/gladstone-state-development-area.html
QCLNG given notice 9 April 2015 to conduct an environmental evaluation related to their flaring
EHP response 21 April 2015 – informing of issuing QGC with statutory orders under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 to undertake an Environmental Evaluation of any environmental harm being caused by the flaring activity
Request by GCC to Andrew Powell about the LNG flare on Curtis Island December 2014
Submission re Abbot Point Port and Wetlands by GCC. “Just don’t do it”
Letter by Jan Arens after Ministerial Round Table, December 2014
Letter by Cheryl Watson to Minister Hunt 3 November 2013
Letter by Jan Arens to Megan Ellis of the GPC dated 19 September 2014 with regard to offsets with regard to the Western Basin project
Letter to Gordon Dwayne by Jan Arens on behalf of GCC dated 14 October 2014 re sediment hydrodynamics and the dangers of over simplification of the complex biological interactions within the harbour.
Letter to Minister Powell 31 July 2014 re coal fine contamination in Gladstone Harbour
Map of Wapentake Wetlands, Gladstone. (Pronounced Wop-en-tark-ee)
“We are of course grateful to have BSL as a wonderful neighbour, contributing to employment and such in the local community. Even at an Australian level BSL contributes 0.064% of our national GDP. But is it fair to seek an exemption from one of the last remaining renewable energy stimuli when your carbon footprint is 25 times larger than your economic contribution?”
“My position on the idea of offsets was questioned and by me rejecting the use of offsets, an accusation was levelled that my stance would see all developments refused. This I did not adequately deal with.”…”To play two ecologically significant areas off against each other in offsets horse trading is ethically deprived.”
“…any scientist promoting the logical fallacy that a lack of evidence constitutes proof that dredging is benign should have their credentials questioned.” In response to the document which can be found here – http://portsaustralia.com.au/dredge-report.pdf By Jan Arens
“Australia in many ways has led the initiative to halt the decline in biodiversity but this has turned dramatically. Environmental values and principles are under attack. We are a nation in the grip of dispensationalists. We are afflicted with the delusion of our innate right to dominion over the natural world. Consistent with conservative government, greed is the determinant of merit. We elevate the status of species on the basis of the rarity we bestow on them as we drive them to extinction. We reduce their value on the basis of how much it costs us to preserve them. We abandon them as budgets need balancing. We submit them to market forces; we place them in the hands of free marketeers. We talk of natural resources, to be drawn on for effective functionality. We strive for sustainable abuse. Biodiversity offsetting where ecological damage is unavoidable, sounds great, but in practice is meaningless.”
Presentation by Jan about the expansion of the State Development area in 2008 to include Curtis Island.
GCC Submission via e-mail re Western Basin Channel Duplication Project
Page 12 of the document only detailing the history of SDA expansion in the region. Full doc can be found here: http://www.dsdip.qld.gov.au/resources/plan/cg/gladstone/gsda-development-scheme.pdf
Permit # CA25452/MAN15161 This doc is page 8 only. Full doc can be found at: http://www.westernbasinportdevelopment.com.au/media/pdf/TEP%20-%20EHP%20approval.pdf
This doc contains the cover page, and executive summary. Full document at http://www.industry.qld.gov.au/lng/documents/gladstone-lng-site-selection-study-public-release-p1.pdf Site Selection Study LNG Production and Export Precinct – Public Release Document Department of Infrastructure and Planning 28 March 2008 Reference 29889 Revision 2
A study of metals in mud crabs from Gladstone Harbour and Stanage Bay, with additional metals data on seagrass, green turtle and barramundi from Gladstone Harbour in 2012-2013. 25 July 2013 Dr Matt Landos BVSc (HonsI) MANZCVSc (Aquatic Animal Health Chapter) Director, Future Fisheries Veterinary Service Pty Ltd. Honorary lecturer and associate researcher, University of Sydney, Faculty of Veterinary Science
NATURAL, CULTURAL & WORLD HERITAGE VALUES OF CURTIS ISLAND, QUEENSLAND Capricorn Conservation Council Inc. A Summary Report of the values and current threats to Curtis Island within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area August 2013
Author – GHD Part of the EIS for the Western Basin Dredging Project
Turbidity graphs (GPC data) 2011 – 2012. These graphs were generated by GPC.
“…we write to express our concerns with the Federal Government’s proposed ‘one stop shop’ for environmental approvals in Queensland and also write about the Strategic Assessments relevant to the Great Barrier Reef.”
17/10/2013 Draft Queensland Ports Plan, Closing date for submissions is Friday, 13 December 2013. http://www.dsdip.qld.gov.au/infrastructure-and-planning/queensland-ports-strategy.html
7 October 2013 This case challenges the Export-Import Bank of the United States’ (“Ex-Im Bank”) decision to provide nearly $4.8 billion USD in financing for the development and construction of two separate liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) projects in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. The projects, the Australia Pacific LNG Project and the Queensland Curtis LNG Project (collectively “the Projects”), will each include gas drilling, pipeline construction, construction of an LNG production facility and shipping terminal, and transport of LNG through the Great Barrier Reef. Ex-Im Bank, a U.S. federal agency, funded these massive fossil fuel projects without properly consulting and considering the Projects’ substantial impacts on threatened and endangered species or on the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, as required by the U.S. Endangered Species Act (“ESA”), 16 U.S.C. §§ 1531 et seq., and the National Historic Preservation Act (“NHPA”), 16 U.S.C. §§ 470 et seq.
Gladstone Ports Corporation Annual Report 2012 – 2013. Describes cumulative impact of dredging as ‘minor’ yet details a compensation program for fishers and a promotional campaign for local seafood. Details of offsets, monitoring, GHHP, and other programs.
October 2013: From the Climate Council, a short, understandable version of the 5th Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report, 2013. With key data in understandable graphs, an invaluable resource.
June 2013 : The Australia Institute has released a new research paper; Pouring more fuel on the fire. The paper updates previous Australia Institute research detailing federal government subsidies to the mining industry. It finds that the federal government has increased taxpayer funded subsidies to the mining industry by 12.5% over the past year, amounting to an increase of half a billion dollars. This type of industry assistance is usually used to help industries when they are financially vulnerable or establishing themselves. This is clearly not the case for the largely foreign owned (83 per cent) mining industry, who made $84 billion in pre-tax profits last year (2012).
By David Jinks This is a personal account, for anyone interested, following my attendance at the Queensland Parliamentary Committee hearings on 17th April 2013 (and on-line observation 22nd April) for the review of the Vegetation Management Act 1999 (VMA). I’ll summarise this complex issue as best I can. This relates to just one of the many Acts currently being reviewed and I am very concerned about the collective impact these changes will have on natural areas and species decline.
REPORT TO THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE Status of Implementation of Recommendations in World Heritage Committee Decision 36 COM 7B.8, Great Barrier Reef (Australia) and the March 2012 Reactive Monitoring Mission. This report by WWF-Australia and the Australian Marine Conservation Society provides a third-party summary assessment of the progress made by the Australian and Queensland governments in addressing the World Heritage Committee and mission’s recommendations.
Sampling of turtles from Gladstone harbour confirms exposure to metals. Dredging is not mentioned in the report at all. I have been told that the authors were not allowed to link their observations to dredging, pre-empting any conclusions