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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SIGNIFICANT FOREIGN INVESTMENT IS INVOLVED, THE PROPOSAL WILL NECESSARILY REQUIRE THE APPROVAL OF THE COMMONWEALTH GOVERNMENT. THE TERRITORY GOVERNMENT WILL RECOMMEND JOINT ASSESSMENT OF THE EIS WITH THE COMMONWEALTH AND PROPOSE THAT WE ARE THE LEAD AGENCY. OWING TO THE LOCATION OF THE BAYU-UNDAN RESOURCE, THE PROJECT WILL ALSO REQUIRE THE APPROVAL OF THE TIMOR GAP ZONE OF COOPERATION JOINT AUTHORITY. IN ORDER TO PROGRESS THE PROPOSAL FURTHER, PHILLIPS HAS ESTABLISHED AN OFFICE IN DARWIN AND HAS ENGAGED DAMES AND MOORE AS CONSULTANTS TO UNDERTAKE THE PREPARATION OF THE EIS. STUDIES ALREADY UNDERWAY BY DAMES AND MOORE INCLUDE: FLORA AND FAUNA DRY SEASON SURVEYS; MARINE BATHYMETRIC SURVEYS; MARINE FAUNA SURVEYS; ARCHAEOLOGICAL STUDIES; SOILS MAPPING; AND SOCIO ECONOMIC STUDIES. FURTHER STUDIES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE EIS. THE DRAFT EIS IS EXPECTED TO BE SUBMITTED BY THE MIDDLE OF 1997.
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