Ministerial Statement Environmental Impact Assessment of a Proposed Liquefied Natural Gas Plant Hon. Mike Reed Minister for Lands Planning and Environment dated 20 November 1996
Tabled Paper 2838
Tabled Papers for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT
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THIS IS A REMOTE ENVIRONMENT WHICH IS ABUNDANT WITH WILDLIFE SUCH AS MOOSE, BROWN BEAR, CARIBOU AND BALD EAGLES. WHALES REGULARLY ENTER COOK INLET TO FEED IN THE SUMMER AND THE AREA IS ALSO ACTIVE IN TERMS OF COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL FISHING. THE COMPANY BRINGS WITH IT, EXTENSIVE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE IN LNG PLANT DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, MANAGEMENT AND ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE OPERATIONS. THE COMPANY HAS AN EXCELLENT RECORD IN THIS REGARD AND IS ALREADY HIGHLIGHTING A NUMBER OF ISSUES WHICH WILL NEED TO BE IDENTIFIED IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT PROCESS. THE COMPANY, IS FOR EXAMPLE, HIGHLY CONSCIOUS OF THE NEED TO MINIMISE DISTURBANCE TO MANGROVE COMMUNITIES WITHIN THE WICKHAM POINT VICINITY. AS PART OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT PROCESS FOR THE DARWIN PLANT, THE GOVERNMENT HAS REQUESTED THAT THE COMPANY UNDERTAKE FORMAL ASSESSMENT OF THE PROPOSAL BY WAY OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT.
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