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Have Your Say On The Crown Minerals (Decommissioning And Other Matters) Amendment Bill


The Economic Development, Science and Innovation
Committee is calling for public submissions on the Crown
Minerals (Decommissioning and Other Matters) Amendment
Bill.

The bill would amend the Crown Minerals Act 1991
to minimise the risk to the Crown and other third parties of
having to carry out and fund decommissioning of petroleum
fields. Decommissioning is the process of taking petroleum
infrastructure and wells out of service, which may include
removing the infrastructure, plugging and abandoning wells,
and undertaking necessary site restoration. The proposed
changes would apply to all current and future petroleum
permit and licence holders.

The bill also seeks to
make broader amendments to the Crown Minerals Act,
including:

· changing the decision-making process for
permit applications so that decision-makers must be
satisfied an applicant is “highly likely” to comply with
certain conditions, rather than “likely”, before
granting a permit

· providing enforcement officers
with the power to impose enforceable undertakings and issue
compliance notices and infringement notices

· changes
to improve the administration of the Act.

Tell the
Economic Development, Science and Innovation Committee what
you think

Make
a submission
on the bill by midnight on 19 August
2021.

For more details about the bill:

· Read
the full content of the bill

· Get
more details about the bill

· What’s
been said in Parliament about the bill?

· Follow the
committee’s Facebook page for
updates

 

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