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Project Name:
Pipeline Diversion in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
Client:
Capita Symonds on behalf of Wales and West Utilities
Year:
Nov 10, 2010
Keywords:
Pipeline, determination, national park
Summary:
Introduction The European EIA Directive has been transposed via a number of Regulations covering various sectors. It can be a minefield understanding sector ...

Introduction

The European EIA Directive has been transposed via a number of Regulations covering various sectors. It can be a minefield understanding sector specific regulations and subsequent amendments. For instance, cross country pipeline projects by Public Gas Transporters (PGT) are screened upon the need for EIA, and subsequently assessed, under the Public Gas Transporter Pipe-line Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations, 1999.   For PGT project screening request are referred to as ‘Determinations’ and require consultation initially with the LPA then DECC.

The criteria for Schedule 1 and 2 projects are provided with the Regulations. For our recent appointment to produce a key Environmental issues Report (KEIR) for a small pipeline diversion with Pembrokeshire Coast National Park the scheme fell within Schedule 2 of the Regulations chiefly due to operating pressure. 

Key Environmental Issues Report (KEIR)

For DECC to make an Determination it is more accepted practice to submit information on site specific environmental conditions, proposed construction methodology and provisional mitigation.  Although various methods exist as to what constitutes suitable information (for instance Transco staged approach) in reality the question as to what to include is more steered by professional judgement as to what is reasonably required by the LPA/DECC.

The KEIR chiefly concentrated on three areas to ensure it was concise.

  • Ecology – designated sites and protected species records;
  • Archaeology – desk based assessment (DBA) of listed sites; and
  • Physical environment – hydrological, geological and hydro-geological information.

Post to the development it was submitted to the LPA (Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority) who provided a Screening response within the Statutory period.  Ecosulis then went onto obtained a determination from DECC within seven days.  The project is to be built spring/summer 2011.  

 

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