That prior to the grant of any further exploration approvals, all draft Environment Management Plans for hydraulic fracturing must be published in print and online and available for public comment prior to Ministerial approval.
That all comments made on draft Environment Management Plans must be published online.
That the Minister must take into account comments received during the public consultation period when assessing a draft Environment Management Plan.
Action item update
Petroleum (Environment) Regulations 2016 were amended on 19 December 2018 to meet the requirements of this recommendation.
All draft Environment Management Plans seeking Minister's consideration for drilling of petroleum wells and hydraulic fracturing activities must be advertised for a 28 day public comment period; comments received must be published online; and the Minister must take into account all comments received before making a decision on the draft Environment Management Plan.