All applications for onshore hydraulic fracture stimulation exploration and production proposals to be referred to the EPA for assessment under the EP Act.
EPA is developing draft guidance material pertaining to proposals that incorporate hydraulic fracture stimulation; and amendments to the Environmental Protection Regulation are being drafted.
Draft guidance material addressing the recommendations of the Inquiry is currently being drafted by the EPA.
Proposed amendments to the Environmental Protection Regulation 2C to define all onshore oil and gas exploration and production proposals involving hydraulic fracture stimulation as being of a prescribed class, therefore requiring referral to the EPA for assessment, are under development.
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulations has commenced:
- drafting guidance material and administrative procedures necessary to implement the action; and
- investigation into mechanisms by which all proposals for onshore oil and gas exploration and production involving hydraulic fracturing will be referred to the EPA.