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.
To be completed by end of 2019.
Action item updates
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.