Initial policy being developed.

That the Petroleum Act be amended to make the principles of ESD a mandatory relevant consideration for any decision made under that Act in relation to any onshore shale gas industry.

That the principles of ESD must be taken into account and applied by a decision-maker in respect of all decisions concerning any onshore shale gas industry.

Target completion date

Stage 3.
To be completed by end of 2019.

Reform area
Strengthen regulation
Project action
Holding decision-makers accountable
Lead agency

Action item updates

15 May 2019

Implementation Progress

The government will amend environmental and petroleum legislation to ensure decision makers take the principle of ecologically sustainable development into account when deciding whether or not an activity should proceed.  This recommendation will be completed in conjunction with Recommendation 14.2 and 14.10.

The Petroleum (Environment) Regulations already have provisions for considering ecologically sustainable development.