Petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters that are likely to
impact on matters of national environmental significance are
regulated under both the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas
Storage Act 2006 (OPGGS Act) and the
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act
1999 (EPBC Act).
To avoid duplication, the Commonwealth government is proposing
to endorse the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental
Management Authority (NOPSEMA) as the single
independent regulator for offshore petroleum environmental
assessments and approvals; providing one authorisation process
which complies with both the OPGGS Act and the EPBC Act
The Minister for the Environment is to consider endorsement and
approval of the new arrangement by the end of February
Changes to the current regime would only apply to petroleum
activities which have not yet completed assessment under the EPBC
Act and the OPGGS Act.
Do you have an interest in any proposed petroleum activities in
Important information - have your say
Information sessions for industry, environmental NGOs and the
fishing industry are being held tomorrow and Wednesday 27 November
2013 at the Perth Convention Centre. This is followed by a session
for all stakeholders on Friday 29 November at the Canberra
Department of Industry. You can register to attend
any of these sessions here.
If you can't make the information sessions, you can
register your interest in opportunities for engagement and comment
on any of the streamlining proposals at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Program and draft Strategic Assessment Report (SAR) were
released on 22 November for consultation. The 'Program'
describes the OPGGS Act environmental management authorisation
process for petroleum activities. The SAR demonstrates how
implementation of the Program ensures appropriate consideration and
management of potential impacts on matters protected under Part 3
of the EPBC Act.
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