Stepping aside for lively dead trees

Sometimes, in environmental terms, dead trees are just as valuable as live ones. Two dead trees on the trench line for the new Longford Liquids Pipeline were found to be home to a diverse community of birds.

News

Stepping aside for lively dead trees
“The trees were close to pipeline trench and so were originally marked for removal,” said Pipeline Project SSH&E Lead Paul May. “However, during our early works environmental surveys discovered they contained nesting hollows for ducks, lorikeets, pardalotes and kestrels. “As a result, Nacap, the pipeline contractor preserved the trees and worked around them.” 
Advisian Environmental Scientist Kim Stewart photographed the birds on January 19 showing that the kestrel chick was close to fledging and the pardalotes were still actively feeding chicks in the nest.

“Apart from actively working to minimise our impact on the environment as we construct this vital infrastructure, we also look for opportunities to contribute where we can,” said Replacement Pipeline Project Manager David Ffrench.

“We were thrilled to be able to support two local Landcare groups to enhance the environment in the Warragul and Mt Worth areas.”

Warragul and District Urban Landcare and Mt Worth and District Landcare will undertake two projects, each of which will engage local community members with planting days and educational activities, while achieving significant environmental benefits.

The projects will each receive funding from the Esso/BHP Billiton Gippsland Basin Joint Venture through a partnership with Landcare Australia.

Esso is replacing a 187-kilometre pipeline, which transports crude oil and condensate between its facilities at Longford and Long Island Point. The pipeline is a critical piece of infrastructure that will allow the continued delivery of crude oil and condensate, and will also ensure that natural gas from our offshore Gippsland operations continues to flow to Australian households and businesses.

Construction commenced in January 2016 and it is expected that pipeline commissioning will occur in the second half of 2017.

“Being able to contribute to meaningful projects in the local community is a small gesture we can make to thank the community for their ongoing support,” said David.

Related content

ExxonMobil Australia working to keep gas and fuel flowing to Australians

ExxonMobil Australia is actively responding to the growing COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the continued supply of essential energy products from its Australian facilities.

Esso news Article

Esso Australia supports Conservation Volunteers Australia bushfire relief efforts

For more than a quarter of a century, Esso Australia has supported Conservation Volunteers Australia to deliver a range of environmental initiatives focused in areas close to our operations in Gippsland and Melbourne’s West.

Esso news News

Gippsland gas supports summer power generation in South Australia and Victoria

Esso Australia’s Commercial team has signed its first direct gas sales agreement into South Australia to help meet peak summer power generation demand.

Esso news Article

Long Island Point team do some woody weeding in the community

In October, eight employees from Long Island Point participated in a Day of Caring volunteering event at Olivers Creek Reserve in Tyabb.

Esso news News

Volunteer Involvement Program grants highlight the volunteering efforts of our people

At ExxonMobil Australia, we are focused on meeting Australia’s energy needs from operations that are embedded in some very diverse and unique communities. From Melbourne’s bustling inner-west, to the charming fields of Gippsland, we rely on support from, and must earn the respect of, our local communities and neighbours.

Esso news News

Longford Plants community bulletin November 2019

Read the latest news from Longford Plants in the November 2019 community bulletin.

Esso news News