Wednesday, April 24, 2024

DMIRS responds to industry on decommissioning and rehabilitation obligations

The WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) has released its response to submissions for the Draft Decommissioning Discussion Paper for WA onshore and State waters petroleum, geothermal and pipeline property, equipment and infrastructure.

The draft discussion paper was available for industry feedback for eight weeks towards the end of last year, outlining the department’s expectations for decommissioning petroleum, geothermal and pipeline infrastructure onshore and in Western Australian waters. Three workshops were also held as part of the consultation. Twelve stakeholders provided feedback on the paper.

DMIRS Resource and Environmental Compliance Division’s Acting Executive Director, Travis Inman said public consultation was vital to best-practice policy development and supporting environmental management and compliance in Western Australia’s resources sector.

“The interest received was encouraging and I would like to thank all participants for taking the time to provide their input,” said Mr Inman.

“The department will continue to work closely with industry to ensure registered holders in Western Australia have a clear understanding of their decommissioning and rehabilitation obligations.  

“The draft discussion paper and corresponding feedback will now be used as a basis for developing policy and supporting documentation.”

Stakeholders can expect further consultation on decommissioning policy and supporting guidance documentation to be released on the department’s website soon.

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