Rally against gas terminal in Geelong

→ Read more on www.geelongrenewablesnotgas.org

Geelong stands at a critical crossroad.
Will it:
A) embrace a clean energy future and seize its opportunity to become a renewables and clean tech manufacturing hub or
B) embrace new fossil fuel projects and install a massive methane regasification terminal in Corio Bay.

If you want option A) rather than B) – then it’s important to have your say before 11 April.

Geelong Council has made a submission to the Environmental Effects Statement (EES) Inquiry and Advisory Committee on the proposal to build and operate a huge LNG Import Terminal and Floating Regassification Unit in Corio Bay. The submission highlights key concerns about the impact on:

• Public safety
• Local amenity
• Sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions
• Marine environment
• Land environment
• Changes to Refinery Pier
• Social and economic impacts
• Aboriginal and cultural heritage

→ Read Geelong Council’s submission

If you would also like to make a submission in response to Viva Energy’s EES you have until 11 April 2022 to do so. Learn more about this proposal, and how to prepare a great submission.

Article in Geelong Advertiser – Click to enlarge

Get the low down on Geelong gas terminal

Interested in learning more about Viva Energy’s plan for a floating gas import terminal in Corio Bay? Got concerns about the project but not sure how you can help stop it?

Newsletter from Environment Victoria

Join Environment Victoria and Geelong locals for a webinar on Sunday 3 April or Thursday 7 April, explaining what you need to know about Viva’s plans and how to make a submission! The event details and RSVP links are below:

Sunday 3 April, 3pm – 4.30pm. RSVP here
Thursday 7 April, 7pm – 8.30pm. RSVP here
WHERE: The workshops will be held on video conferencing platform Zoom.
Register using the links above to receive the details.

We’ll leave time in the session to start drafting your submission, so use a computer with word processing software if you have it. You can also get familiar with the project by visiting the Geelong Renewables Not Gas website

At the workshop, we’ll run through the facts about the gas terminal and guide you through the process of making a submission. There will also be time in the session to draft your submission and send it off!

It’ll only take an hour and a half, and you can finish knowing you’ve made an incredibly important contribution to protecting the climate, local environment and residents’ safety in Geelong.

In the last few weeks, the campaign against the Geelong gas terminal has been ramping up:
We’ve exposed Viva’s dodgy emissions calculations on ABC Melbourne, Bay FM and in the Financial Review. City of Greater Geelong has put out an official statement outlining their concerns with Viva’s project.
Local community groups have signed an open letter against the terminal published in the Geelong Advertiser. More than 3,000 locals have added their name to a petition, calling on the government to reject the proposal and invest in renewables instead.

But with the community response to Viva’s environment statement due by 11 April, we only have a few weeks to translate this momentum into written submissions against the proposal.

Can you join us for a webinar on Sunday 3 April or Thursday 7 April?

Thanks again,

Greg Foyster
and the team at Environment Victoria

→ RSVP for the webinar on Sunday 3 April

→ RSVP for the webinar on Thursday 7 April

Threat to municipality’s 2035 climate targets

“A floating gas terminal proposed for Corio Bay would threaten Geelong’s climate targets and be a “persistent” source of emissions, according to an environmental report to be released today. The $250m terminal, which would be built by Viva Energy off the Refinery Pier, is undergoing a state environmental assessment. The report commissioned by the Geelong Renewables Not Gas campaign revealed the project would “increase Viva’s contribution to 52 per cent of all emissions in the Greater Geelong area by 2040”.

It found the project would be a “significant and persistent” source of emissions. Campaign spokesman Tony Gleeson said the proposal would threaten the municipality’s 2035 climate targets. “The City of Greater Geelong is building a reputation for sustainability and is aiming to cut emissions to zero by 2035, but Viva Energy’s gas terminal project puts all that in jeopardy,” he said.

The CoGG submission this week detailed concerns over the project’s safety, impact on amenity, business and ongoing emissions. According to Viva, the terminal’s operating emissions would be equivalent to 47,906 tonnes of carbon dioxide. But Environment Victoria estimated it would be up to 12 times higher.”

→ The Herald Sun / Geelong Advertiser – 25 March 2022:
Viva Energy’s gas terminal plan puts 2035 emission targets ‘in jeopardy’, report says
“A proposed $250m gas terminal in Corio Bay, Geelong poses a “significant and persistent” source of emissions, according to a new environmental report.”

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