Petroleum Exploration Permit 11 – Van’s submission to NOPSEMA – FYI and use as you wish.

                                                                                                                                 Pearl Beach.  NSW.

                                                                                                                                  26 November, 2018.

PEP 11 … will lead to the establishment of untold numbers of oil/gas platforms/derricks in sight of our beautiful Central Coast and will, if earlier international experiences are to be learned from, result in: ….

To: Mr Cameron Grebe. Head of Division, Environment at National Offshore Petroleum            Safety and Environment Management Authority [NOPSEMA].  PO Box 552. Collins          Street West VIC 8007. 

CC: Chair: Ms Erica Smythe. PO Box 552. Collins Street West. VIC. 8007.

          CEO:  Mr Stuart Smith.  PO Box 552. Collins Street West. VIC. 8007.

       Minister: The Honourable Matt Canavan, Minister for Resources and Northern                                          Australia. Parliament House. Canberra. ACT. 2600.

Subject:  Petroleum Exploration Permit 11 [PEP 11]

Dear Mr Grebe

I write as a resident of Pearl Beach, a user of Broken Bay’s waterways, and a regular visitor to the Central Coast beaches … from Killcare to Budgewoi, NSW.

I am horrified to learn that your National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority [NOPSEMA] has approved testing which, if it pleases foreign oil/gas corporations, will lead to the establishment of untold numbers of oil/gas platforms/derricks in sight of our beautiful Central Coast and will, if earlier international experiences are to be learned from, result in:

  • Very little-to-zero local job creation as corporations tend to bring their own skilled labour and executives
  • Very little-to-zero extra gas for Australians as most Australian gas is sold to foreign importers [corporations] with long-term contracts [source: Reserve Bank]. That is, these foreign corporations sell Australian gas for bigger foreign profits in foreign countries, thus forcing up our gas prices here in Australia
  • Oil platform/rig/derrick spills with catastrophic effects on our beaches, sea-life and waterways
  • Oil/Gas platform/rig/derrick flame-outs endangering workers’ lives … and our beaches, sea-life and waterways
  • Boating accidents to threaten our beaches, sea-life, and waterways.
  • Oil/gas derricks to despoil our attraction as a tourist destination … and thus COST local jobs.

In addition, I am keenly aware that preliminary exploration for offshore gas shale in Petroleum Exploration Permit 11 [PEP 11] has been approved by your Authority despite the total absence of any consultation with the Central Coast beach and coast-using community, or the Central Coast fishing and sea-life community, or the Central Coast Council. This neglect of consultation is characteristic of authoritarian regimes which could be listed here, but the absence of consultation here is, in my view, despicable behaviour for a “Safety and Environment Management Authority” given the task of protecting safety and the environment within an avowed Democracy. To remind you, ‘Democracy’ is government [management] by the people, for the people.

Given the views expressed above, I am requesting that you indicate a willingness to meet, in public session, with me and other interested citizens … or alternatively, to meet formally with the Central Coast Council in public session in the event that that Council requests such a formal meeting.

Yours sincerely … Dr Van Davy [JP]

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