In 2013, the Government sought feedback on an exposure draft of the proposed exploratory drilling for oil and gas regulations under the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012. The exposure draft is designed to give interested parties an early indication of what the key provisions of new regulations are likely to look like, and to provide an opportunity to comment on the drafting of them before they come into force.
The information provided explained the exposure draft process, the non-notified discretionary classification and how to make a submission.
This information has been provided in addition to the Government’s earlier consultation in August 2013. Information about the proposals is available in the discussion document Activity Classifications Under the EEZ Act, and in the EEZ Act questions and answers web page.
Consultation closed at 5:00pm Friday 31 January 2014.
More information will be available once submissions have been considered and final decisions have been made.