On Ninety Mile Beach in East Gippsland there is a small town fighting a proposed waste-carbon injection site that would threaten their community and the local environment for decades to come, without providing a viable solution to climate change.
The town is Golden Beach. Golden Beach is a quiet community situated by many lakes, parks, and wildlife reserves. From Ninety Mile Beach you can often sea seals, dolphins and whales as they migrate through Bass Strait.
This community has been opposing CarbonNet, who are running the proposed project.
Across Australia waste-carbon injection and storage technology, which has been labelled 'carbon capture and storage' by advocates, has failed to become viable, despite heavy investment of public money from the government.
A prominent example of a unsuccessful waste-carbon storage project is Chevron Australia’s Gorgon Project. Chevron recieved $60 million funding for it's waste-carbon injection and storage facility, which was supposed to capture 40% of a new oil and gas plant. Two years after it was supposed to start it still has not captured any carbon.
Problems with waste-carbon injection and storage on Ninety Mile Beach:
- The waste-carbon project is attached to a new brown coal-to-hydrogen project in Latrobe Valley, and so would not reduce Victoria's current emissions
- It is located just 7 kms from Golden Beach, so if anything went wrong there is a high likelihood that it will impact the community
- It is expensive! This project has already been allocated $100 million public money, and will need more if it proceeds
- Seismic tests on the seafloor caused health impacts in the community and a noticeable decline in local sealife, and more seismic tests and drilling is planned
- The current short and long term impacts on community health and the environment of a waste-carbon project such as this are unknown
Victorian’s deserve real solutions to climate change, not more expensive and unproven technologies intended to serve the coal industry at the expense of the environment and communities.
We are calling on Daniel Andrews to stand with Victorian communities and real solutions to the climate crisis, and commit to no more public money going to fund the waste-carbon injection project at Golden Beach.
Daniel Andrews, you’ve shown leadership on climate action by banning fracking in Victoria and setting ambitious renewable energy targets. Committing no more public money to the Golden Beach waste-carbon injection project would ensure that funding goes to real climate solutions for Victorian communities.