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Pilot program success for petroleum environment proposals
Monday, 23 July 2012
Petroleum Environmental Proposals can now be lodged online following a successful pilot program run by the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP).
Between February and April the department tested online lodgement of Petroleum Environment Proposals with a number of petroleum companies.
Following the success of the pilot program Environmental Management Plans, bridging documents, written notifications, Oil Spill Contingency Plans and revisions of all of these documents can now be lodged online.
Prior to this, only hardcopy applications were received by the department.
Online lodgement will make assessment by the department more efficient and improve the quality of the proposals.
It will also allow proponents to lodge proposals onsite via a computer with internet connection.
Given the number of remote operations in WA, online lodgement will be more efficient. However, hardcopy applications will still be accepted by the department.
A similar transition to online applications has already been made to Mining Environmental Proposals and has seen more than 80 per cent of applications submitted through the Environmental Assessment Regulatory System (EARS) Online.
Online lodgement is also part of the department’s commitment to improving transparency and help ensure efficient, effective and consistent decision-making.
The department expects online Petroleum Environment applications to be as successful as online Mining Environmental applications.
The development of the Petroleum and Mining Environmental online lodgement systems was supported by the Exploration Incentive Scheme and part-funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions.