Why an EIS?

An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is a report that assesses the feasibility of a project by conducting thorough technical studies of potential environmental, social and economic impacts, and proposes feasible ways to manage them.

The Queensland Government has declared the Nathan Dam and Pipelines Project as a ‘significant project’ under the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971, meaning an EIS is required.

The Commonwealth Minister for the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (now the Minister for the Environment and Energy), has declared the project a ‘controlled action’, requiring assessment under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) with respect to:

  • world heritage properties;
  • national heritage places;
  • wetlands of international importance;
  • listed threatened species and communities;
  • listed migratory species; and
  • Commonwealth marine areas.

This means the EIS is being assessed under a bilateral agreement between the Commonwealth and State governments.

Supplementary EIS

A supplementary EIS has been prepared to respond to the submissions on the original EIS and update the Project’s potential impacts, benefits and proposed mitigation actions.