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Environment Minister Donna Faragher today granted environmental approval, subject to stringent conditions, for the Apache-Devil Creek Development Project.
Apache Energy Ltd proposes to develop a greenfield gas development in order to recover and process the gas reserves from the Reindeer gas field, providing an additional domestic gas supply of up to 220 terajoules per day to the Dampier-Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline.
The onshore component of the proposal is located approximately 45km south-west of Karratha on the Pilbara coast, with the shoreline crossing occurring at Forty Mile Beach adjacent to Gnoorea Point.
Mrs. Faragher said there were several key environmental issues assessed during the environmental approval process.
"These issues related to terrestrial flora and vegetation, terrestrial fauna, marine fauna, marine environments and greenhouse gas emissions," she said.
"I have approved the project, subject to a comprehensive and enforceable set of conditions, aimed at rehabilitating areas of native vegetation that are disturbed during construction and minimising disturbance to turtles during the laying of the gas pipeline.
"I have also established strict criteria to prevent long-term impacts on the near shore marine environment, which includes corals, seagrass and algal communities."