On 12 December 2013, the Ministry for the Environment released an exposure draft of regulations for exploration drilling for oil and gas under the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012.
It was proposed that exploration drilling for oil and gas be classified as a non-notified discretionary activity. The draft regulations were accompanied by supporting information explaining the rationale for the proposed regulations.
The submission period closed at 5:00pm on 31 January 2014. The Ministry received 14,667 submissions on the exposure draft.
This document summarises the submissions received and presents the main issues and themes raised in the submissions.