An example of a ship that will enter Gladstone Harbour once LNG plants are built.
An example of a ship that will enter Gladstone Harbour once LNG plants are built.

Council has 2 weeks to respond

ANOTHER part of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a liquefied natural gas project, another short timeframe to respond.

That was one of the issues raised by Gladstone Regional Council planning officers at Tuesday’s council meeting when talking about response prepared for the Department of Infrastructure and Planning, submitted on August 31, for the Australia Pacific LNG Project and dealing with a number of documents.

Council’s Strategic Planning director Russell Schuler said there were some 24 documents covering all issues raised with the EIS.

“A specific response document has also been prepared in relation to council’s submission,” he said.

Out of the 24 documents, council officers only reviewed those documents relevant to this region and relating to issues raised in council’s submission on the EIS.

Mr Schuler said council was notified on August 17 via email that there was a request for comment due by August 31.

“Essentially what we are asking councillors to do is endorse a document already sent to the Coordinator-General,” he said.

While the EIS is still in supplementary mode, APLNG were set to meet council planning officers after the general council meeting on Tuesday.

One point noted by council officers was that APLNG has reviewed the workforce requirements, now anticipating a construction workforce of about 3300, up from the previous 2100 predicted.

Council also noted APLNG aimed to reduce the impact on the housing market by accommodating 2600 workers in a temporary facility on Curtis Island and one shipment of gas pipeline per month would be delivered to Gladstone Port from late 2011.



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