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Environmental Regulation & Approval Process

Information for meeting environmental approval requirements

Environmental Regulation

The main objects of the environment protection part of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 are to ensure that, licensees will:

  • Ensure that their activities that have actual or potential adverse impacts on the environment are properly managed within an Ecologically Sustainable Framework to reduce environmental damage as far as reasonably practicable and acceptable to stakeholders.
  • Eliminate as far as reasonably practicable risk of significant long term environmental damage.


In the context of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act, the term environment is used to cover the natural, social, heritage and economic aspects of the environment.

Environmental Pro Forma

To assist in meeting the requirements of Part 12 of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 (the Act) and Petroleum and Geothermal Energy 2000, we have included the following downloadable forms.  These can be used to assist you in submitting the necessary information required by the Act:

Document Link File
Size
Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and Statement of Environmental Objectives (SEO) Checklist EIR/SEO Checklist 55k
Significance Assessment Template Significance Assessment 27k
Annual Report Assessment Template
Reporting against the SEO objectives is just one part of the annual reporting requirements for licensees
Annual Reporting 156k

It should be noted, that the Department of State Development will undertake a formal assessment on all documents submitted, and may still request further information as per Regulation 10(2).