Government approval of policy/process development.
That the Government:
- implements a mandatory program for regular monitoring by gas companies of decommissioned onshore shale gas wells (including exploration wells), with the results from the monitoring to be publicly reported in real-time. If the performance of a decommissioned well is determined to be acceptable to the regulator then the gas company may apply for relinquishment of the well to the Government; and
- implements a program for the ongoing monitoring of all orphan wells.
To be completed by end December 2021.
Action item update
The government will consider the monitoring programs in comparable jurisdictions when developing the program.
Industry and the community will have an opportunity to comment on the program before it is implemented. The program will be made enforceable via legislation.