A New Gas Pipeline from the Northern Territory to Queensland

North East Gas Interconnector

In 2014, the Northern Territory Government sought proposals for the development of a gas pipeline connecting the Northern and Eastern Gas Markets to be known as the North East Gas Interconnector (NEGI). The NEGI involves the construction and operation of a 622 km buried high- pressure gas pipeline from Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory to Mount Isa in Queensland. Jemena was chosen in November 2015 by the Northern Territory government to build the pipeline. The company is owned by State Grid Corporation of China and Singapore Power.

There has only been a desktop assessment of the impact and no survey work was proposed despite the acknowledgement that parts of the planning corridor are likely to contain habitat for four threatened species.

This apparently ad hoc and piecemeal approach to the assessment of the environmental impact of this significant project is inappropriate. We argue that a full EIS for the entire project including the cumulative impacts should be essential before any approval is given.

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