The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is seeking feedback from stakeholders on the Draft Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2022.

The draft Bill seeks to introduce a number of amendments to the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967 (PGERA), Petroleum Pipelines Act 1969 (PPA) and Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1982 (PSLA) (together, referred to as the Petroleum Acts) to address petroleum operational matters and to enable the exploration of naturally occurring hydrogen.

Proposed operational amendments to the three Petroleum Acts relate to environmental aspects, royalty calculation, underground storage and additives.

The draft Bill also seeks to introduce the concept of ‘prescribed regulated substances’ to enable PGERA and PSLA petroleum titles to explore for and produce prescribed regulated substances i.e. naturally occurring hydrogen.

The department will provide a response to each submission received on the exposure draft, which will be collectively published in a response to submissions document. Submissions will be published verbatim, with the submitter listed.

Please see Summary and Information Sheet for additional details.

The draft Bill will be available for public comment until close of business Friday 24 February 2023.

Any queries and feedback can be sent via email to [email protected]

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