Environmental Impact Statements – Cumulative Impacts and Inherent Risks
On Cumulative Impacts and the Inherent Risk of Narrow Scoping: The NEGI EIS
Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) are usually required prior to the commencement of major projects. However, such Statements are often superficial, subjective and not supported by data and good science. This is highlighted in this discussion of the fauna portion of a recently released EIS for the North Eastern Gas Interconnector (NEGI) https://ntepa.nt.gov.au/news/2016/open-comment-jemena-northern-gas-pipeline.
The 623km NEGI pipeline will link Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory to Mt Isa in Queensland, and open up the development of the NT’s gas industry, in particular shale gas. Ultimately, a connection into the East Coast gas pipeline grid will be constructed.
The NEGI EIS has a significant body of omissions, unfounded or unsupported statements and opinion passed ostensibly as findings. Some of the survey efforts (primarily those supported by experts) are plausible, but in many cases foundation assumptions and desktop findings are questionable and not robustly supported, and in some cases not supported at all. The EIS has readily identifiable shortcomings and is an exercise in risk negation rather than authentic risk assessment. The NEGI may or may not result in serious impact to the environment, at this stage it is impossible to tell, as the EIS does not provide the information required for a genuine consideration.
The full discussion can be read at this link: