Council, Santos clash on EIS
SANTOS has ignored the concerns of the community in relation to the Gladstone LNG project, particularly on social impacts, the Gladstone Regional Council said yesterday.
The council expressed dissatisfaction with the Supplementary Environmental Impact Statement, which ignored the concerns raised by the council in its submission to the company’s EIS.
Council CEO Graeme Kanofski said the council’s complaints were recently put to the co-ordinator general, Colin Jenkins, who is to decide on the Santos EIS.
He said Mr Jenkins has since asked Santos to meet with the council to discuss the concerns.
Among the concerns the council raised were:
- The unrealistic timeframe of 18 months to build the construction accommodation facility (CAF);
- Assumptions that few families would accompany the workers – considered unrealistic given the length of the construction phase;
- Stating a 10 per cent population flow to the region, but accepting no responsibility for the impact that would have;
- The dismissal of the significant impact on Curtis Island residents;
- The assumption there would be no impacts on the region if the CAF was built on Curtis Island;
- Santos’ refusal to make available the Hornery Institute’s community wellbeing study, which it used to negate the social impacts.
A spokesman for Santos said the company had met Gladstone regional councillors and council project staff a number of times to discuss the project and the EIS.
“We met with a number of councillors and council staff in GLNG’s Gladstone office in the second week of December, with the distinct purpose of discussing the Supplementary EIS and the Hornery Institute report,” he said.
“Santos recently offered to again meet with the council on learning they were visiting Brisbane – a meeting has been arranged for later this month.”
He said the co-ordinator general did not request Santos to meet with the council.
“The Hornery report was commissioned by Santos independently of the EIS process. Copies of the Hornery report have already been provided to the council,” the spokesman said.
He said Santos recently met with councillors and council community staff to discuss the report and any opportunities for it to help guide social planning initiatives and policies.
“We remain committed to maintaining an ongoing dialogue with Gladstone Regional Council,” he said.