The draft Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources (Resource Management and Administration) Regulations 2014 (WA) remain open for public comment until 30 May 2014. In addition to streamlining reporting requirements, the regulations form part of a suite of legislation designed to increase accountability and State control over the extraction of petroleum and geothermal energy resources, and require proponents of shale and tight gas developments to report on baseline water monitoring strategies to manage groundwater impacts.
The draft regulations are to be read together with the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources (Occupational Safety and Health) Regulations 2010, the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources (Management of Safety) Regulations 2010 and the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources (Environment) Regulations 2012 as a suite of reforms addressing safety, environment and resource management issues. Once consultation is finalised on the draft regulations, equivalent regulations comprising the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Resource Management and Administration) Regulations 2014 will be prepared to cover the submerged lands adjacent to the Western Australian coast.
To make a submission, see this link: http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/19487.aspx
The draft regulations have been proposed in parallel with the WA Parliamentary Inquiry into the Implications for Western Australia of Hydraulic Fracturing for Unconventional Gas which remains ongoing.
To view the details of the inquiry, see this link: