CarbonNet poses too much potential risk

Heather Lloyd, Golden Beach

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

I READ with interest the exciting news that NOPSEMA was “not reasonably satisfied” that the environment plan CGG submitted met the criteria set out in its environment regulations.

As a resident of Golden Beach, I know first hand about the lack of consultation in regard to our ocean, and both state and federal politicians need to be aware that little coastal towns can sometimes have a voice.

Thank you to Gippsland East MLA Tim Bull for taking up the case on behalf of the South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association, but this issue is bigger than just the fishermen and women.

Here in Golden Beach, local residents have been virtually ignored by our state government and the government-owned CarbonNet has also provided inadequate consultation.

We endured weeks and weeks of the last seismic survey, and despite being told it would not affect the residents, we were bombarded with banging day after day.

Our beach was closed during the survey as it was considered too dangerous to allow people to enter the water.

This little town relies on tourists to put a few dollars into the town every summer.

Both federal and state governments believe it is OK to risk one of the most beautiful beaches in the world by pumping liquid carbon dioxide into the bedrock just off Golden Beach.

Remember politicians that this is actually our home, and we will fight to protect it from potential contamination.