The Environmental Protection Authority has set an Assessment on Referral Information ARI level of assessment and released its recommendations to Environment Minister David Templeman on Empire Oil Company WA Limited's Mullering 3D Onshore Seismic Survey proposal.Release Date:
1 October 2007Details:
The Environmental Protection Authority has set an Assessment on Referral Information (ARI) level of assessment and released its recommendations to Environment Minister David Templeman on Empire Oil Company (WA) Limited's Mullering 3D Onshore Seismic Survey proposal.
The site is good quality shrubby vegetation between Cataby and the coast.
EPA Chairman, Barry Carbon, said the Authority considered that the proposal described can be managed in an acceptable manner subject to the recommended conditions being made legally binding.
"Impact on vegetation will be minimised by using a roller that will allow most of the plants to recover afterwards," Mr Carbon said.
"The seismic survey will be undertaken outside of the nesting season of the Rainbow Bee-eater and, to stop damage by other parties, access ways will be closed on the completion of the survey."
The proponent has submitted a referral document setting out the details of the proposal, potential environmental impacts and appropriate commitments to manage those impacts.
The ARI level of assessment and EPA's report (available at www.epa.wa.gov.au) are subject to appeal until close of business 16 October 2007. The ARI document is available at www.empireoil.com.au. Appeals will be considered by the Independent Appeals Convenor (9221 8711).
The final decision will be made by the Minister for the Environment.
EPA media contact Charlie Maling (6467 5415, 0400 866 450) is on holiday until 8/10/07. For this release please ring 6467 5466 Charlie Maling from 8/10/07 on.Status: