Leigh Creek Energy recognises the importance of environmental management to the success of the company’s operations
Leigh Creek Energy is committed to the principles of environmental management as outlined by the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand, and aims to:
- Implement the principles of ecologically sustainable development with a balance of social, economic and environmental values;
- Achieve legislative compliance;
- Conserve resources;
- Prevent pollution and eliminate or reduce waste;
- Protect ecological systems and landscapes, and conserve species and genetic biodiversity;
- Protect cultural heritage, including both Indigenous and built heritage;
- Undertake informed and transparent decision-making; and
- Ensure continuous improvement.
LCK will achieve this by maintaining an effective and robust Environmental Management System (EMS). Furthermore, Leigh Creek Energy will:
- Identify goals, objectives, performance indicators and targets, and develop management plans for achieving these;
- Clearly define the responsibilities, authorities and accountabilities of employees;
- Develop detailed work practices, procedures or processes to manage and reduce impacts;
- Regularly monitor environmental performance and system implementation;
- Develop reporting systems to include regular environmental reporting internally and externally to stakeholders; and
- Regularly review the continuous improvement of the EMS and of the company's environmental performance.
Leigh Creek Energy aims to achieve a successful Social Licence to Operate by integrating its Environmental Management System into its operations.
Petroleum exploration and production activities are governed by the South Australian Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 (the PGE Act). This legislation is administered by the Energy and Resources Division of the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC).
In accordance with the PGE Act, LCK has prepared an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed ISG Demonstration Plant. The EIR provides stakeholders with the following information:
- a description of the regulated activities to be carried out under the licence;
- a description of the specific site features of the environment that can reasonably be expected to be affected by the activities, with particular reference to the physical and biological aspects of the environment and existing land uses;
- an assessment of the cultural values of Aboriginal and other Australians which could reasonably be foreseen to be affected by the activities in the area of the licence, and the public health and safety risks inherent in those activities (insofar as these matters are relevant in the particular circumstances);
- a description of reasonably foreseeable events associated with the activity that could pose a threat to the relevant environment (including events during the construction, operational and abandonment stages, atypical events, estimated frequency of events and the basis of predictions);
- an assessment of the potential consequences of these events on the environment (including size and scope, duration, cumulative effects (if any), the extent to which these consequences can be managed or addressed and proposed management actions);
- an explanation of the basis on which these consequences have been predicted;
- information on consultation undertaken during the preparation of the EIR.
A copy of the EIR can be downloaded here.
In addition, the proposed ISG Demonstrations Plant can only be operated if an approved Statement of Environmental Objectives (SEO) has been developed. The SEO outlines the environmental objectives that the regulated activity is required to achieve and the criteria upon which the objectives are to be assessed.
The SEO is developed on the basis of information provided in the Environmental Impact Report.
A copy of the Draft SEO can be downloaded here.
On Wednesday 20 December 2017, the EIR and Draft SEO were updated with additional information and resubmitted to the Energy Resources Division of the Department of Premier and Cabinet. The Invitation for Public Comment can be accessed here.
LCK aims to continue to engage stakeholders for the lifecycle of the project to ensure that all potential concerns are identified and appropriately addressed.
Stakeholder feedback is important to LCK and LCK encourages interested stakeholders to provide feedback on the EIR and SEO through the LCK dedicated online community portal.
Through the portal, stakeholders can easily login and share their experiences of the project, leave feedback, and locate or request information.
The community portal can be accessed through the Contact Us section of the LCK website: