- The Australian oil and gas industry has a strong commitment to high environmental standards and minimising environmental impacts.
- The oil and gas industry is heavily regulated, and companies exploring for and producing oil and gas are committed to minimising their environmental impacts.
- The processes and technology used in the drilling stage are designed to protect the aquifers, groundwater and external environment from interference.
- Agriculture, tourism and oil and gas exploration and development can successfully co-exist and do in many of the world’s largest producing countries including Australia, Norway, the United States, Canada and Brazil, among others.
- Once an oil or gas well has reached the end of its productive life a thorough rehabilitation of the site is undertaken.
In addition to the mandatory regulatory requirements for offshore operations and across onshore all states and territories in Australia, many oil and gas companies commit themselves to voluntary codes of practice to reinforce the industry’s commitment to the safe and environmentally responsible extraction of oil and gas resources.
Before beginning a project, companies undertake research to establish environmental baseline data. This helps define potential impacts and develop environmental impact statements and management plans. Environmental risks are identified and strategies for minimising those risks are evaluated.
The amount of research required will vary depending on the nature, size and potential environmental impact of an activity. In cases where the environment is sensitive, or the activity is complex, more detailed research may be commissioned.