Commonwealth Response to the Report of the Montara Commission of Inquiry

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Commonwealth Government response

Following a period of detailed consideration, on 25 May 2011, the Minister for Resources and Energy released the Commonwealth Government’s final response to the Report of the Montara Commission of Inquiry.

The Inquiry was set up to investigate the likely causes of the uncontrolled release of oil and gas into the Timor Sea from the Montara Wellhead Platform on 21 August 2009 and make recommendations to the government on how to prevent future incidents.

The report contained 100 findings and 105 recommendations, which have implications for governments, regulators, and the offshore petroleum industry.

The final government response accepted 92 recommendations with two of these being “accepted in principle”, noted 10 and did not accept three due to them being technically inappropriate.

Changes between the final and draft government response reflect clarification and reinforcement of the government’s response based on the information received during the comprehensive three month public consultation period on the draft response.

The final government response also included an implementation plan, which identified a process for implementing the accepted recommendations. Implementation of the recommendations has strengthened and clarified the administrative and operating practices of the regulator and the offshore petroleum industry.

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