Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Environment) Regulations 2009

The Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Environment) Regulations 2009 (Environment Regulations) have been in place since 1999 when they were created under the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1967 (PSLA).

The primary objective of the regulations is to ensure that any petroleum or greenhouse gas activity in Commonwealth waters is undertaken in a manner that is consistent with the principles of ecologically sustainable development (ESD). 
On 28 February 2014, the regulations were amended.

The Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Legislation Amendment (Environment Measures) Regulation 2014 and the Explanatory Statement setting out the intent of the legislation are available on the Commomwealth Law website.

The amendments implement outcomes from:

A Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) was prepared in relation to the amendments to facilitate streamlining:

For information on the implementation of the regulations, the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) have published guidance on its website.

For further information on matters of policy, email offshoreenvironment@industry.gov.au.

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