Environment Management Plan

The Petroleum (Environment) Regulations require that an Environment Management Plan (EMP) is submitted by the petroleum interest holder (proponent) to the Minister for Environment and Natural Resources (the Minister).

The Minister is responsible for review and the decision on whether submitted EMPs are approved.

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What is an EMP

An EMP is an activity specific plan that aims to ensure appropriate environmental management practices are implemented during the various stages of that activity.

It identifies the key environmental matters associated with an activity and provides strategies and plans for managing them effectively.

An EMP is not just an approval document. It is an implementation and management tool for the petroleum interest holder (proponent) to manage field operations. It also informs statutory compliance by the regulator to verify that environmental outcomes are being achieved.

The EMP process

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources will coordinate agency comments on a submitted EMP and undertake preliminary assessment of the document against the Petroleum (Environment) Regulations and Environmental Assessment Act.

An EMP is provided to the Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) for consideration under the Environmental Assessment Act and the Petroleum (Environment) Regulations.

The NT EPA considers an EMP under the Environmental Assessment Act and makes a decision about whether an activity has the potential to have a significant impact on the environment. The NT EPA will also review an EMP under the Petroleum (Environment) Regulations and makes a recommendation to the Minister.

The Minister must consider the NT EPA's recommendation before making a decision whether to approve an EMP.

The Minister will consider an EMP and may approve the activity if satisfied that the objectives and approval criteria of the Petroleum (Environment) Regulations have been met. In particular, an EMP must demonstrate that all environmental impacts and risks associated with the activity are reduced to a level that is as low as reasonable practical and acceptable.

Where the proposed activities involve petroleum well drilling or hydraulic fracturing, an EMP is released for a 28 calendar day public comment period. The Minister must consider these public comments when making a decision.

EMPs open for comment

There are no EMPs open for public comment.

Submissions are open until the listed closing date. All submissions will be made available to the applicant and published online.

For more information contact the Environment Assessment Branch on 08 8924 4218.

Approved EMPs

An EMP must demonstrate how environmental risks are controlled and reduced to a level that is as low as reasonably practicable and acceptable in addition to meeting the principles of ecologically sustainable development.

The regulations also mandate that stakeholders who are affected by the activity are properly consulted and engaged. The full contents of an EMP, with the exception of strictly in confidence information as defined by the Information Act, will be made public.

Permit or licence number legend: Exploration permit (EP)   |  Operational licence (OL)   |  Production licence (PL)   |   Retention licence (RL)

EMP approvedActivity EMP and Minister's decision Permit or licence number Project location Project interest holder
26/02/2019Water Monitoring Bore Drilling - VariationEnvironmental Management Plan - Variation (1.4 mb)
Approval Notice and Statement of Reasons - Variation (2.1 mb)
EP117 Origin Energy
15/02/2019 Palm Valley Gas Field Environmental Management Plan (5.1 mb)
Approval Notice and Statement of Reasons (3.3 mb)
OL 3 Amadeus Central Petroleum
15/02/2019 Exploration Drilling Environmental Management Plan (13.0 mb)
Approval Notice and Statement of Reasons (2.8 mb)
EPs 112, 125   Santos QNT Pty Ltd
12/12/2018 Water Monitoring Bore Drilling Environmental Management Plan (11.0 mb)
Approval Notice and Statement of Reasons (2.7 mb)
EP 161   Santos QNT Pty Ltd
10/12/2018 Water Monitoring Bore Drilling Environmental Management Plan (36.8 mb)
Approval Notice and Statement of Reasons (2.9 mb)
EP 117   Origin Energy
26/11/2018 Water Monitoring Bore Drilling Environmental Management Plan (7.2 mb)
Approval Notice and Statement of Reasons (8.9 mb)
EP 161   Santos QNT Pty Ltd
22/11/2018 Water Monitoring Bore Drilling Environmental Management Plan (66.3 mb)
Approval Notice and Statement of Reasons (2.7 mb)
EP 98   Origin Energy B2 Pty Ltd
02/11/2018 Modification of the Mereenie Field's Central Treatment Plant (CTP) Environmental Management Plan (1.6 mb)
Approval Notice and Statement of Reasons (2.8 mb)
OLs 4, 5   Central Petroleum Limited
05/07/2018 Exploration Drilling EMP Environment Management Plan (7.6 mb)
Approval Notice and Statement of Reasons (2.9 mb)
OL 3   Central Petroleum Mereenie Pty Ltd
06/04/2018 Exploration Drilling EMP Environment Management Plan (5.6 mb)
Approval Notice and Statement of Reasons (3.1 mb)
OL 4   Central Petroleum Mereenie Pty Ltd
14/03/2018 Field Environmental Management Plan Field Environment Management Plan (5.7 mb)
Approval Notice and Statement of Reasons (3.3 mb)
OLs 4, 5   Central Petroleum Mereenie Pty Ltd
30/11/2017 2D Seismic Survey Southern Amadeus 2D Seismic Survey (2.9 mb)
Approval Notice and Statement of Reasons (2.5 mb)
EPS 82, 105, 112, 125 Southern Amadeus Basin Santos QNT Pty Ltd
28/10/2016 2D Seismic Survey Southern Amadeus 2D Seismic Survey
Environment Management Plan Summary (2.4 mb)
Environment Management Plan (8.2 mb)
EP 82, 105, 112, 125 Southern Amadeus Basin Santos QNT Pty Ltd
23/08/2016 Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation and Well Testing 2016 Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation and Well Testing – Amungee NW-1H – Summary (524.0 kb)
2016 Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation and Well Testing – Amungee NW-1H – Report (26.1 mb)
EP 98 Beetaloo Sub-basin Origin Energy Resources Limited
03/08/2016 Exploration Drilling EP161 Corehole Drilling (1.1 mb) EP 161   Santos Ltd
22/09/2015 Stimulation and Testing EP167 Stimulation and Testing (2.4 mb) EP 167   Pangaea (NT) Pty Ltd
12/08/2015 Seismic Tiltmeter Survey EP167 Seismic Tiltmeter Survey (819.2 kb) EP 167   Pangaea (NT) Pty Ltd
11/08/2015 Geological Reconnaissance Survey EP187 Geological Reconnaissance Survey (1.4 mb) EP 187   Imperial Oil & Gas Pty Ltd
25/07/2016 Exploration Drilling EP162 and EP189 Corehole Drilling (1.2 mb) EPs 162, 189   Santos Ltd
16/07/2015 2D Seismic Survey 2015 Avago 2D Seismic Survey (317.1 kb) EPs 167, 168   Pangaea (NT) Pty Ltd
15/06/2015 Geological Survey EP145 Geological Field Mapping and Reconnaissance Survey (781.3 kb) EP 145   Mosman Oil and Gas Limited
3/06/2015 Exploration Drilling Beetaloo Sub-basin Exploration Drilling Project (424.6 kb) EPs 98, 117   Origin Energy Resource Limited
08/05/2015 Exploration Drilling Pangaea (NT) 2015 NT Appraisal Drilling Campaign (369.6 kb) EPs 167, 168   Pangaea (NT) Pty Ltd
29/08/2014 Fracture Stimulation and Testing OzDelta-1 Fracture Stimulation and Testing (445.3 kb)
OzDelta-1 Fracture Stimulation and Testing (410.5 kb)
EP 128   Statoil Australia
22/08/2014 3D DCIP Survey ORION 3D DCIP Survey (1.2 mb)
ORION 3D DCIP Survey (1.2 mb)
EPs 171, 190 McArthur Basin Armour Energy Ltd
14/08/2014 Exploration Drilling Tarlee-S3 Exploration Well (468.1 kb)
Tarlee-S3 Exploration Well (711.1 kb)
EP 167   Pangaea (NT) Pty Ltd
18/07/2014 Fracture Stimulation and Testing OzAlpha-1 Fracture Stimulation and Testing (345.3 kb)
OzAlpha-1 Fracture Stimulation and Testing (341.8 kb)
EP 104 Georgina Basin Statoil Australia
11/07/2014 Fracture Stimulation and Testing OzBeta-1 Fracture Stimulation and Testing (322.8 kb)
OzBeta-1 Fracture Stimulation and Testing (224.3 kb)
EP 127 Georgina Basin Statoil Australia
07/07/2014 Field Development Dingo Field Development Project (1.7 mb)
Dingo Field Development Project (1.9 mb)
PL 7 Amadeus Basin Central Petroleum Limited
02/07/2014 Exploration Drilling BCF SC 02, 03, 04, 05 (929.8 kb)
BCF SC 02, 03, 04, 05 (1009.1 kb)
EP 184   Imperial Oil and Gas
02/07/2014 Exploration Drilling Manbulloo-S1 Exploration Well (281.8 kb)
Manbulloo-S1 Exploration Well (313.9 kb)
EP 167   Pangaea (NT) Pty Ltd
19/06/2014 Exploration Drilling OzEpsilon-1 Exploration Well (459.2 kb)
OzEpsilon-1 Exploration Well (330.5 kb)
EP 128   Statoil Australia
20/05/2014 Exploration Drilling Cullen-1 Exploration Well (4.0 mb)
Cullen-1 Exploration Well (1.6 mb)
EP 126   Beach Energy Ltd
19/05/2014 Exploration Drilling Tanumbirini 1 Exploration Well (815.1 kb)
Tanumbirini 1 Exploration Well (1.1 mb)
EP 161   Santos Ltd
15/05/2014 Exploration Drilling Hidden Valley-S2 Exploration Well (272.7 kb)
Hidden Valley-S2 Exploration Well (552.2 kb)
EP 168   Pangaea (NT) Pty Ltd
07/05/2014 Exploration Drilling OzGamma-1 Exploration Well (483.5 kb)
OzGamma-1 Exploration Well (693.3 kb)
EP 103   Statoil Australia
24/03/2014 Exploration Drilling OzBeta-1 Exploration Well (681.3 kb)
OzBeta-1 Exploration Well (127.1 kb)
EP 127   Statoil Australia
11/03/2014 Mereenie MADD Project – Fracture Stimulation, Completion, Workover and Recompletion 2014 Fracture stimulation, completion, workover and recompletion (2.4 mb)
2014 Fracture stimulation, completion, workover and recompletion (970.2 kb)
OLs 4, 5   Santos Ltd
25/02/2014 Field Development Surprise Field Development Project (856.4 kb)
Surprise Field Development Project (725.4 kb)
PL 6   Central Petroleum Limited
25/02/2014 Exploration Drilling OzAlpha-1 Exploration Well (340.9 kb)
OzAlpha-1 Exploration Well (350.9 kb)
EP 104   Statoil Australia
27/09/2013 Exploration Well Lamont Pass 3 Exploration Well (469.1 kb)
Lamont Pass 3 Exploration Well (524.8 kb)
EP 190   Armour Energy Ltd
19/12/2013 Exploration Drilling Environmental Plan Summary-New Crown 1 (3.8 mb)
Environmental Plan Summary-New Crown 1 (468.8 kb)
EP 134   Tri-Star Energy Company
23/08/2013 Exploration Drilling Myrtle Basin 1 Exploration Well (248.8 kb)
Myrtle Basin 1 Exploration Well (2.0 mb)
EP 176   Armour Energy Ltd
19/07/2013 2d Seismic Survey 2013 AMSAN13B Southern Amadeus 2D Seismic Survey (2.0 mb)
2013 AMSAN13B Southern Amadeus 2D Seismic Survey (1.1 mb)
EPs 82, 105, 106, 107, 112, 125
RL 2
Amadeus Basin Santos Ltd
15/07/2013 Exploration Drilling Mt Kitty Exploration Well (79.7 kb)
Mt Kitty Exploration Well (151.4 kb)
EP 125   Santos Ltd
16/07/2013 2D Seismic Survey 2013 MCSAN13 McArthur Basin 2D Seismic Survey (1.8 mb)
2013 MCSAN13 McArthur Basin 2D Seismic Survey (2.0 mb)
EP 161   Santos (QNT) Pty Ltd
01/07/2013 Appraisal and Development Drilling Mereenie Appraisal and Development Drilling (MADD) Project (3.6 mb)
Mereenie Appraisal and Development Drilling (MADD) Project (6.9 mb)
OLs 4, 5   Santos Ltd
27/06/2013 2D Seismic Survey Amy 2D Seismic Survey (4.5 mb)
Amy 2D Seismic Survey (1.8 mb)
EPs 103, 104, 127, 128 Georgina Basin PetroFrontier (Australia) Pty Ltd
19/06/2013 2D Seismic Survey AMSAN13 North West Mereenie 2D Seismic Survey (2.4 mb)
AMSAN13 North West Mereenie 2D Seismic Survey (970.2 kb)
OLs 4, 5
EP 115
Amadeus Basin Santos Ltd
09/08/2012 Exploration Drilling Baldwin 2HST1 Well – Completion and Testing, MacIntyre 2H Well, Owen 3H Well (1.1 mb)
Baldwin 2HST1 Well – Completion and Testing, MacIntyre 2H Well, Owen 3H Well (1.0 mb)
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EPs 103, 127, 104 Georgina Basin PetroFrontier (Australia) Pty Ltd

Onshore gas non-compliance hotline

An onshore gas non-compliance hotline has also been established as a mechanism to report potential non-compliance of the onshore gas industry in the Northern Territory, in line with recommendation 14.27 of the Hydraulic Fracturing Inquiry's Final Report.

The hotline is an avenue to report incidences about industry non-compliance.

The 24 hour toll free hotline is 1800 413 889. Calls can be made anonymously.

Last updated: 15 March 2019