AGL is committed to minimising the impact it has on the environment.
The New South Wales Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) approved AGL's application to construct the Newcastle Gas Storage Facility in May 2012 under Section 75J of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979. This approval is subject to certain conditions (called 'conditions of consent').
PAC's approval incorporates the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure (DP&I) assessment of, and satisfaction with, AGL's Preferred Project and Response to Submissions Report. This report was prepared and submitted by AGL on 12 September 2011 to address the public's comments on the Environmental Assessment (EA).
The EA was on public display from 24 June 2011 to 29 July 2011.
The conditions of consent, the EA Report and the Preferred Project and Response to Submissions Report are available on the DP&I's website.
This PAC approval and Modification to Approval provides AGL with state government permission to construct the gas plant, pipeline, receiving station and associated and ancillary infrastructure.
On 18 July 2012, the project received conditional approval from the Commonwealth Department of the Environment (formerly the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities). The Department confirmed the project is a controlled action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
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