Petrol station emissions

The petrol station emissions arguments were based on the very special location of the proposed petrol station - less than 500m from Adelaide's fuel storage facilities.

In 2004 levels of benzene and toluene (two fuel components) had been measured at ~ 50% of then EPA guidelines. By simple interpolation levels at the site must be much higher.

Expert evidence from Dr. Ian Musgrave supported PAREPG's view that emissions from the development would add to those levels.

While it's true that fuel benzene levels have been reduced since 2004, that same reduction does not hold true for other fuel compounds ( collectively known as BTEX emissions).

It's also true that Mobil has reduced leakages from their facilities in recent years, but the effect on local conditions is not known.

Although PAREPG had raised ths same argument in their initial response in December 2012, On The Run did not take it seriously until they learnt that the group woulld have an expert witness on emissions.

At that point they decided to counter by actually taking some measurements on the site. Their measurements were not taken over a long enough period and both experts agreed that the results obtained were insufficent to draw any conclusion.

PAREPG then argued that the granting consent would run counter to the provisions of the "precautionary principle" - see Closing statement Proposition 5.

Evidence presented:
PAREPG: - Dr. Ian Musgrave's expert witness statement
On the Run: - Dr. Michael Tkaczuk's expert witness statement