The government’s clear message to industry investors and operators is to engage early and thoroughly with the communities as projects are developed.
Demonstrated trustworthiness, Respect, transparency, engagement and a preparedness to negotiate will assist in building public acceptance of shale and Tight gas projects in WA.
WHAT CONSULTATION DID THE GOVERNMENT CONDUCT WITH INDUSTRY WHILE DEVELOPING THESE REGULATIONS?
The changes to the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources (Resource Management and Administration) Regulations 2014 followed extensive consultation by the DMP with industry stakeholders and the public.
The DMP received significant comments on the consultation draft of the regulations and supporting guideline documents, and many of these have been incorporated into the regulations.
Earlier this year a meeting was held by DMP with the Shale and Tight Gas Inter-Agency Working Group, comprising representatives from the Departments of Water, Health, Environment Regulation, Agriculture and Food, Parks and Wildlife and State Development to discuss the changes.
DID THE GOVERNMENT MODEL ITS NEW REGULATORY FRAMEWORK ON OTHER STATES AND COUNTRIES?
The regulations adopt the objective-based regulatory framework agreed to nationally in Australia.
The state is well-positioned to learn fro, experiences in other jurisdictions and to adopt international best practice standards and strengthen its robust regulatory system to ensure environment and communities are protected as this new industry is developed.