An environmental planning guideline has been revised following DMP stakeholder engagement

A revised environmental planning guideline is now live on the DMP website following public comment earlier this year
Date: Monday, 17 October 2016

A recently revised environmental planning guideline released for public comment earlier this year is now available on the Department of Mines and Petroleum’s (DMP) website.

The Guideline for the Development of Petroleum and Geothermal Environment Plans in Western Australia (September 2016) outlines the requirements for an Environment Plan in accordance with

  • The Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources (Environment) Regulations 2012,
  • The Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Environment) Regulations 2012,
  • and The Petroleum Pipelines (Environment) Regulations 2012.

It aims to improve transparency surrounding DMP’s expectations of the petroleum and geothermal industry, and assist operators in the development and submission of an Environment Plan (EP).

The new guideline will replace the following documents:

  • Guidelines for the Preparation and Submission of an Environment Plan (as amended August 2012);
  • Environmental Assessment Processes for Petroleum Activities in Western Australia (as amended October 2012); and
  • Auditing and Reporting Requirements for Petroleum Activities in Western Australia (October 2012).

These have been combined into the one guideline with the aim of providing more detailed direction on the content required in an EP, as well as reporting requirements, and to clarify expectations around approval and compliance processes.

The comments received through public consultation and DMP’s responses have all been grouped according to the relevant section of the guideline and are also available on the DMP website.

DMP would like to take the opportunity to thank stakeholders for their considered feedback on the draft guideline and for providing valuable input into the process.

For more information about DMP’s Environment division, please click here.