TAP invites local communities to discuss the first draft of ESIA in a public townhall meeting with the local residents in Melendugno on 16th of February (17.00, Sala Convegni (Scuola media), Via San Giovanni, Melendugno).
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TAP will submit its Environmental Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) with a shortened route of its proposed pipeline. The TAP pipeline will now run approximately 5 km onshore in Italy (originally 22km) and change in the location of the tie-in point with Snam Rete Gas, the Italian natural gas system operator. This update will be reflected in the first draft of TAP’s full Environmental and Social Impact Assessment planned for submission to the Italian authorities (Ministry of Environment) in February 2012. TAP continues to collect feedback from local residents and all relevant stakeholders in preparation for the ESIA submission.
The purpose of the townhall is to inform local residents of TAP’s plans as well as hear the local communities views and get feedback to then include in the ESIA. The draft ESIA document will also be made available to the public at the time of submission to Italian authorities.
The draft ESIA will reflect the new scope of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline project in Italy – including reduced length of the onshore section (from 22 to 5 km) of the pipeline and the new location of tie-in point with Snam Rete Gas, the Italian natural gas system operator. As a result, the proposed route crosses just one community in the area – community of Melendugno. The new scope will reflect the feedback TAP received from authorities, NGOs and other stakeholders during the consultation process.
The ESIA document will include a comprehensive explanation of the possible environmental and social impacts of the chosen pipeline route in Italy and suitable mitigation measures. In particular, special consideration is given to the avoidance of environmentally sensitive areas such as those where the sea grass Posidonia Oceanica is located.
ESIA is conducted in accordance with Italian legislation and follows the best practice guidelines laid down by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).