Approved by decision makers. Recommendation implemented.
That prior to the grant of any further exploration approvals, the following information about hydraulic fracturing fluids must, as a matter of law, be reported and publicly disclosed before any exploration activities and production activities are carried out:
- the identities, volumes and concentrations of chemicals (including environmentally relevant chemical species present as contaminants in the bulk chemicals) to be used;
- the purpose of the chemicals;
- how and where the chemicals will be managed and transported onsite, including how spills will be prevented, and if spills do occur, how they will be remediated and managed; and
- the laws that apply to the management of the chemicals and how they are enforced.
Action item update
The Petroleum (Environment) Regulations 2016 were amended on 19 December 2018 to meet this recommendation, which requires that the information specified in the recommendation is included in an Environment Management Plan (EMP), is reported and made available online.