The Commonwealth Minister for the Environment has approved the construction and operation of the Northern Gas Pipeline (NGP) under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
The approval comes following on ground and desktop surveys, research and investigation undertaken in large part by Jemena’s Northern Territory-based environmental consultant EcOz, culminating in Jemena’s NGP Public Environment Review.
The process included a six-week public comment period.
The Minister’s approval signifies the Commonwealth is confident that Jemena has considered and can manage all possible impacts that relate to the matters protected by the EPBC Act.
Jemena has undertaken extensive consultations with government, traditional owners, local businesses and communities along the proposed pipeline route during this process.
NGP Project Director, Jonathan Spink, said Jemena takes its environmental responsibilities seriously.
“Jemena has conducted a comprehensive, expert-led, environmental impact assessment, which also took into account changes in biodiversity as a result of the wet season in the Northern Territory,” Mr Spink said.
“The decision by the Commonwealth is a show of support for Jemena’s environmental assessment and management plans, and is an important next step in securing overall environmental approval for the Project.”