Open for Comment: Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline
30 Aug 2016
Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline Pty Ltd (Jemena) has released the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline for six weeks for public review.
Jemena proposes to construct and operate a high-pressure underground gas pipeline from Warrego (near Tennant Creek), Northern Territory to Mount Isa, Queensland. The pipeline would be approximately 622 km in length, approximately 457 km in the Northern Territory.
The Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline includes burying the 12-inch gas pipeline, construction of compressor stations at Warrego and Mount Isa, three main line valves and five cathodic protection stations facilities at locations along the pipeline. The construction footprint will comprise a 30 m wide pipeline construction Right of Way and temporary facilities to support construction including accommodation camps, access tracks, additional works areas, and water supply bores and dams.
The Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline requires assessment under the Environmental Assessment Act (EA Act) at the level of an EIS and is a ‘controlled action’ under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The relevant controlling provision is listed threatened species and communities (sections 18 and 18A). The Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy has determined the Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline will be assessed by Public Environment Report (PER). Jemena has prepared a single document, referred to as the draft PER/draft EIS for the Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline, to satisfy the requirements of both the EPBC Act and the EA Act.
The draft EIS is available for public comment. Comments are to be submitted on or before COB Sunday 9 October 2016.
To obtain a copy of the draft EIS and to make a submission visit www.ntepa.nt.gov.au/envirocomment