Concerns over LNG black smoke sparks change
COMMUNITY concerns over the black smoke from QCLNG flaring on Curtis Island has resulted in 13 changes to the environmental authority between QGC and Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.
The department wrote to QGC in December proposing amendments to the EA to resolve community concerns and yesterday they agreed on the new EA.
The changes included a $2 million investment by QCLNG to expand monitoring, recording and reporting of flaring events.
A QGC spokesperson said the company was pleased after several months of collaboration with DEHP, it had substantially agreed on amendments to the EA.
"(The new EA) will give the community greater confidence in increased environmental regulation of flaring on Curtis Island," the spokesperson said.
Two of the changes require further discussion to ensure the visual impact is balanced with operational efficiency and safety requirements according to the spokesperson
"These relate to black smoke emissions when we need to flare to safely dispose of gases and refrigerants during maintenance, emergencies and when LNG ships require cooling," the spokesperson said.
"QGC will lodge a further EA amendment application with DEHP next week to address these items and will continue to work cooperatively with DEHP to achieve good environmental outcomes and a continuing safe and commercial LNG business for the Gladstone community."
The spokesperson said the emissions from QGC's flares were not affecting overall air quality in Gladstone.
"Air quality measured at the seven DEHP ambient air monitoring stations around Gladstone has not shown any impact from flaring events," the spokesperson said.
"Therefore there are no health impacts on the community."