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For updates on individual Implementation Actions please visit Implementation Progress.

31 October 2019

September Quarter 2019 Update

In July 2019, the Government released its Implementation Plan. The Implementation Plan describes the actions required to implement the Inquiry’s recommendations and the Government’s Policy Decisions, which include substantive changes to the way hydraulic fracturing is regulated in the State.

These Policy Decisions include:

  • lift the hydraulic fracture stimulation moratorium on all onshore petroleum titles existing as of 26 November 2018; and maintain the ban over the South-West, Peel and Perth Metropolitan regions (Implementation Plan Action 1);
  • ban hydraulic fracture stimulation in national parks, the Dampier Peninsula, and other iconic natural heritage areas (to be defined and delineated on maps) (Implementation Plan Action 2);
  • introduce a requirement for consent of relevant Traditional Owners and private landowners before hydraulic fracture stimulation production is permitted (Implementation Plan Action 5a / 5b);
  • restore the 10 per cent royalty rate for all onshore petroleum (Implementation Plan Action 17);
  • establish a Clean Energy Future Fund (with a $9-million seed allocation), using net royalties from onshore hydraulic fracture stimulation petroleum projects, to support facilitation of clean energy developments (Implementation Plan Action 18); and
  • prohibit hydraulic fracture stimulation within 2,000 metres of gazetted Public Drinking Water Source Areas (Implementation Plan Actions 2 & 7).

To date, three Actions (1, 12 and 16) have been completed, and implementation of the remaining 17 Actions is progressing well.

Completion of Action 1 included amendments to Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources (Hydraulic Fracturing) Regulations 2017. The amendment regulations:

  • lifted the hydraulic fracturing moratorium on the areas of the State covered by existing Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967 exploration permits, retention leases and production licences in force on 26 November 2018;
  • extended the moratorium indefinitely across the rest of the State; and
  • banned hydraulic fracturing in the Dampier Peninsula, national parks, gazetted public drinking water source areas and an area within 2,000 metres of gazetted public drinking water source areas.

These regulations ensure hydraulic fracturing will not be permitted over 98 per cent of Western Australia.

Proponents considering hydraulic fracturing on onshore petroleum titles where the hydraulic fracturing moratorium has been lifted are able to self-refer to the EPA, however assessment will be undertaken in parallel with the implementation of the remaining 17 Actions.

Proponents will not be permitted to commence hydraulic fracturing exploration until the WA Code of Practice has been developed, and hydraulic fracturing production will not be approved until Traditional Owner and private landowner consent requirements have been implemented.

For updates on individual Implementation Actions please visit Implementation Progress.


06 September 2019

Today’s gazettal of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources (Hydraulic Fracturing) Amendment Regulations 2019 marks completion of the Government’s Implementation Plan Action 1. Onshore petroleum titles where hydraulic fracturing moratorium has been lifted map can be accessed here

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