Industry compliance and reporting
The Petroleum (Environment) Regulations 2016 require that the Minister for Environment and Natural Resources (the Minister) publish incidents in accordance with regulation 35A.
What is a recordable incident?
A recordable incident is an incident, other than a reportable incident, arising from a regulated activity in relation to the following as matters as specified in the current EMP:
- has resulted in an environmental impact or risk not specified or
- has resulted in a contravention of an environmental performance standard specified or
- is inconsistent with an environmental outcome specified.
An environmental performance standard means a standard that:
- relates to the management of environmental impacts and environmental risks of a regulated activity and
- applies to persons, systems, equipment or procedures involved in carrying out the activity.
The following is a summary of recordable incidents received under regulation 35 of the Petroleum (Environment) Regulations 2016 for a quarterly reporting period.
What is a reportable incident?
A reportable incident is an incident arising from a regulated activity, that has caused or has the potential to cause material or serious environmental harm.
The Petroleum Act 1984 (the Act) defines material environmental harm as environmental harm that:
- is not trivial or negligible in nature
- consists of an environmental nuisance of a high impact or on a wide scale
- results, or is likely to result, in not more than $50,000 being spent in taking appropriate action to prevent or minimise the environmental harm or rehabilitate the environment or
- results in actual or potential loss or damage to the value of not more than $50,000.
The Act defines serious environmental harm as a harm that is more serious than material environmental harm that:
- is irreversible or otherwise of a high impact or on a wide scale
- damages an aspect of the environment that is of a high conservation value, high cultural value or high community value or is of special significance
- results, or is likely to result, in more than $50,000 or the prescribed amount being spent in taking appropriate action to prevent or minimise the environmental harm or rehabilitate the environment or
- results in actual or potential loss or damage to the value of more than $50,000 or the prescribed amount.
Last updated: 06 June 2019