PERTH, Australia – BP has submitted an environment plan for proposed exploratory drilling in the Great Australian Bight off South Australia to the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA).
However, NOPSEMA has responded that it needs more time to assess the proposals, which it says have attracted significant community interest.
“The environmental assessment process requires BP to undertake a comprehensive risk assessment and clearly demonstrate to NOPSEMA how they will manage the environmental impacts and risks of their proposed activity in order for their environment plan to be accepted,” said NOPSEMA CEO Officer Stuart Smith.
“The environment plan must also include a comprehensive oil pollution emergency plan that outlines the detailed arrangements that will be in place to respond to and monitor any environmental impacts in the unlikely event of an oil spill.”
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