Environment resources

NOPSEMA has developed a series of advice documents to inform and assist stakeholders to interpret and meet the requirements of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Environment) Regulations 2009 (Environment Regulations).

NOPSEMA's advice documents should not be relied on as advice on the law, nor treated as a substitute for legal advice in any relevant situation. NOPSEMA's assessment of a regulatory permissioning document, monitoring and enforcement activities, are undertaken in accordance with the regulations.

NOPSEMA’s advice documents are subject to periodic review and update. Comments and suggestions on the content of any advice documents are welcomed can be directed to environment@nopsema.gov.au.

Assessment

Policies

PL0050 - Assessment - Rev 13 - July 2016 (PDF 396KB)

PL1347 - Environment plan assessment - Rev 6 - April 2017 (PDF 534KB)

PL1650 - OPP Assessment Policy - Rev 0 - August 2016 (PDF 221KB)

Guidance notes

GN1343 - Petroleum activity - Rev 2 - April 2016 (PDF 174KB)

GN1344 - Environment plan content requirements - Rev 3 - April 2016 (PDF 1.1MB)

GN1663 - OPP content requirements - Rev 2 - October 2016 (PDF 1.2MB)

GN1565 - Activities within Commonwealth Marine Reserves - Rev 0 - November 2015 (PDF 358KB)

Decision making guidelines

GL1721 - 10A - Reasonably satisfied - Rev 0 - November 2016 (PDF 200KB)

GL1720 - 10A(a) - Nature and scale - Rev 0 - November 2016 (PDF 166KB)

GL1687 - 10A(b) - ALARP - Rev 0 - November 2016 (PDF 180KB)

GL1637 - 10A(c) - Acceptable level - Rev 0 - November 2016 (PDF 210KB)

GL1722 - 10A(d) - Environmental performance - Rev 0 - November 2016 (PDF 155KB)

GL1723 - 10A(e) - Implementation strategy - Rev 0 - November 2016 (PDF 179KB)

GL1702 - 10A(f) - World Heritage properties - Rev 0 - November 2016 (PDF 170KB)

GL1629 - 10A(g) - Consultation requirements - Rev 1 - November 2016 (PDF 398KB)

GL1724 - 10A(h) - Complies with the Act and regulations - Rev 0 - November 2016 (PDF 138KB)

Guidelines

GL0225 - Making submissions to NOPSEMA - Rev 14 - December 2015 (PDF 171KB)

GL1350 - Environmental management cost recovery - Rev 2 - March 2017 (PDF 698KB)

GL1381 - Financial assurance for petroleum titles - Rev 5 - June 2016 (PDF 315KB)

GL1566 - Environment plan summaries - Rev 1 - July 2016 (PDF 196KB)

GL1691 - End of the operation of an environment plan – Regulation 25A - Rev 1 - October 2016 (PDF 175KB)

GL1705 - When to submit a proposed revision of an environment plan - Rev 1 - January 2017 (PDF 466KB)

Information papers

IP1382 - Streamlining environmental regulation of petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters - Rev 0 - February 2014 (PDF 189KB)

IP1349 - Operational and scientific monitoring programs - Rev 2 - March 2016 (PDF 1.6MB)

IP1411 - Consultation requirements under the OPGGS Environment Regulations 2009 - Rev 2 - December 2014 (PDF 184KB)

IP1664 - OPP public comment - Rev 1 - July 2016 (PDF 366KB)

IP1488 - Oil pollution risk management - Rev 1 - February 2017 (PDF 804KB)

Forms

FM1257 - Environment plan submission cover sheet - Rev 7 - December 2015 (DOCX 159KB)

FM1653 - OPP submission cover sheet - Rev 2 - October 2016 (DOCX 112KB)

FM1519 - Financial assurance declaration - Rev 1 - July 2015 (PDF 269KB)

FM1465 - Financial assurance confirmation - Rev 1 - July 2015 (PDF 216KB)

FM1653 - OPP submission cover sheet - Rev 2 - October 2016 (DOCX 112KB)

Inspection & enforcement

PL1523 - Inspection - Rev 3 - March 2017 (PDF 179KB)

PL0973 - Petroleum environmental inspections - Rev 3 - March 2015 (PDF 175KB)

PL0067 - Enforcement - Rev 15 - March 2017 (PDF 235KB)

Reporting

Policies

GN0926 - Notification and reporting of environmental iIncidents - Rev 4 - February 2014 (PDF 148KB)

Forms

FM0831 - Report of an accident, dangerous occurrence or environmental incident - Rev 8 - Jan 2015 (DOCX 127KB)

FM0928 - Monthly environmental incident reports - Rev 3 - March 2014 (DOC 74KB)

FM1405 - Regulation 29 - Notification of start and end of activity - Rev 2 - February 2017 (DOCX 144KB)

FM1408 - Regulation 25A - Notification of end of operation of environment plan - Rev 2 - October 2016 (DOCX 92KB)


Brochures

 Introducing NOPSEMA

Offshore petroleum environmental approvals

Decommissioning offshore petroleum facilities in Commonwealth waters

Introducing NOPSEMA

Offshore petroleum environmental approvals

Decomissioning

Clarifying arrangements for environmental regulation of petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters

Requirements for effective consultation on petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters

Environmental management and the offshore petroleum lifecycle

Clarifying arrangements for environmental regulation of petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters Requirements for effective consultation on petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters Environmental management and the offshore petroleum lifecycle

Approval and regulatory process flowcharts

The offshore petroleum approval and regulatory process

Assessment process for environment plans

Assessment process for offshore project proposals

Image - Flowchart - The offshore petroleum approval and regulatory process - April 2016 Image - Flowchart - Assessment process for environment plans - April 2016 Image - Flowchart - Assessment for offshore project plans - April 2016

Regulator articles

2014

Monitoring of impacts to the environment from oil pollution

Referring to information previously submitted

Request for further information

Commencement of financial assurance requirements

Addressing stakeholder concerns on consultation

Environment plan levies for title applicants

Environment inspections post 1 October 2014

Clarifying environmental input in oil pollution response arrangements

Science in complex environmental decisions

New ‘Oil pollution risk management’ information paper

Changes to environmental reporting requirements

Achieving effective consultation with relevant persons

Produced Formation Water - Oil in water

2013

Sufficient information for consultation

Effective environmental consultation for offshore petroleum activities

Environment culture - planning to respond

Developing appropriate environmental performance standards

Building strong environmental foundations

2012

Off the shelf monitoring programs

Managing the risks of marine pests

Environmental monitoring – one size fits all?

Reporting environmental incidents can drive continuous improvement

 

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