Senate Inquiry into Oil and Gas Production in the Great Australian Bight

Senate Inquiry into oil and gas production in the Great Australian Bight - EDOs of Australia submission

April 2016 - Download PDF

Our submission focusses on the regulatory framework needed to ensure potential environmental impacts of oil or gas production are comprehensively assessed and managed.

We are concerned that the NOPSEMA assessment and approval processes do not equate to the regulatory requirements under the Environment Protection & Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

We also restate our position that delegating environmental responsibilities to states and other agencies – through, for example, the ‘one-stop shop’ policy – may lower assessment and approval standards. Recent proceedings undertaken by EDO NSW on behalf of the International Fund for Animal Welfare demonstrate that our concerns are justified.