All major mining activities that involve the government will require the company doing the mining to provide an ‘Environmental Impact Statement’ or EIS for short.
In the last couple of weeks we’ve been helping our website client, PNG LNG to gather and upload their EIS for the LNG project. As you can imagine with a project of this size, you can expect the documents to be quite lengthy.
As a brief introduction, an EIS for a proposed project outlines in detail the proposed actions, alternative actions (including no action), and their environmental ramifications. The environmental impact statement must cover all plausible activities associated with the proposed project. The type of activities to be included is generally determined by the rule of reason. That is, if a “reasonable person” would consider an activity sufficiently significant to warrant further discussion, it should be included in the environmental impact statement.
The environmental impact statement must discuss the total impact on the environment, (see image above), according to guidelines set by a regulatory body which should include:
- direct and indirect effects of the project,
- interference with other activities,
- energy and resource requirements,
- conservation and restoration potential,
- preservation of urban, historic and cultural quality, and
- ways to minimize damage.
In the case of the PNG LNG project, the social, cultural and economic objectives are to deliver a project that has the potential to benefit local and wider communities with minimal impact on the environment, by:
- Recognizing local amenity, values and culture of people directly affected by the project.
- Managing environmental and social impacts.
- Contributing to the state’s economy and human well being.
If you have any comments or questions on the PNG LNG EIS, visit here or you can obtain hard copies of the EIS for viewing at the Department of Environment and Conservation office, Port Moresby.
All comments and questions related to the EIS should be directed to:
Director of Environment
Department of Environment and Conservation 5th Floor, Somare Foundation House, Waigani, NCD
P O Box 6601,
Boroko, National Capital District
Papua New Guinea
All submissions to the Department of Environment and Conservation should be made by the end of the statutory public review period: 15 May 2009.
To obtain an electronic copy of the EIS on CD-Rom please email; firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: (675) 322 2189 Mobile: (675) 624 7524.