Community feedback sought on pipeline proposal for Learmonth

Release date: 
October 2, 2019

An eight-week round of community consultation on a proposal by Subsea 7 to construct and operate a pipeline fabrication facility near Exmouth opens today.

EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton said community feedback would inform the environmental assessment of the proposal and the public can view the proposal’s Environmental Review Document here.

“This proposal is of high public interest and the EPA welcomes all feedback from the public to help provide further information about the potential environmental impact on the local area,” Dr Hatton said.

“This is a complex proposal that will require detailed assessment to determine the extent of the proposal’s impacts and how the environmental issues could be managed, including the proposed clearing of 176 hectares of native vegetation and fauna habitat, and impacts to 1819 hectares of benthic habitats and the potential impacts to marine fauna within Exmouth Gulf.”

Subsea 7’s proposal involves the production of pipeline bundles, used in the development of offshore gas fields, which will be constructed onshore before being launched and towed offshore.

The proposal includes the construction of a fabrication shed, storage area and two 10-kilometre tracks along which each bundle of materials will be constructed and then launched. A launch way, crossing the beach and extending 380 metres into the subtidal area at Heron Point, will facilitate the launch of each bundle.

The EPA intends to provide the Minister for Environment with a report and recommendations of the proposal by mid-2020.

The closing date for submissions is 30 November 2019.

Submissions can be made electronically via the EPA’s Consultation Hub at https://consultation.epa.wa.gov.au or posted to:

Environmental Protection Authority
Learmonth Pipeline Consultation
Locked Bag 10
Joondalup WA 6919

For more information, please contact learmonthpipelineconsult@epa.wa.gov.au.

To accommodate the Learmonth Pipeline Fabrication Facility, the Shire of Exmouth is proposing to rezone the land in Local Planning Scheme 4 from Rural to Special Purpose 10.

The EPA is separately assessing this scheme amendment (Local Planning Scheme 4, Amendment 1 (Assessment No. 2209)) and will examine the potential environmental impacts from the change in land use.

The public review process for the scheme amendment is also open for public submissions, closing on 30 November 2019.

For more information about making a submission in relation to the scheme amendment please visit the Shire of Exmouth at www.exmouth.wa.gov.au

EPA Media Contact: Jayne Rickard on 0466 534 008

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