The following Frequently Asked Questions aim to provide the public with easily accessible and comprehensive responses to a range of questions asked by the public in relation to a variety of Energy Resources activities. If you have a relevant question not answered in the following Frequently Asked Questions, please contact the Energy Resources Division.
Find Out The Facts About Offshore Oil and Gas
A public information guide outlining the opportunities and concerns associated with offshore drilling for oil and gas is now available.
The guide is the latest in The Facts series produced by the State Government.Renewed interest in drilling in the Great Australian Bight has prompted the publication of the guide, which outlines the 40-year history of offshore exploration in South Australia, as well as clearly setting out the environmental, safety, regulatory and approval processes.
Designed with the assistance of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority, the guide is available below.
|The Facts - Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration in South Australia|
|Download The Facts about offshore oil and gas exploration in South Australia (PDF 3.4MB)|
Further information, including Frequently Asked Questions, how to get involved and feedback opportunities, is available at the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority community information portal, accessible via the following link https://www.nopsema.gov.au/community-information/
Find Out The Facts about natural gas extraction in South Australia
Under the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000, approval will only be granted once the community is satisfied that all the risks to the environment, other than land users and precious water resources are manageable.
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In South Australia, all oil and gas exploration and production activities are regulated by the Department for Energy and Mining under the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 (PGE Act).
The objectives of the PGE Act and its Regulations are to ensure that all risks to the health and safety of the community and to the environment are either completely avoided, or managed and reduced to a level that is as low as reasonably practicable and acceptable to the community.
All activities regulated under the PGE Act are also subject to the provisions of other state environmental regulation such as the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972; the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 (NRM Act); the Work, Health and Safety Act 2012; and the Environment Protection Act 1993. This in turn creates another layer of protection.
The PGE Act and its associated Regulations can be readily accessed through the South Australian legislation website www.legislation.sa.gov.au.
The State Government and the Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organisation (CSIRO), through the Gas Industry Social and Environment Research Alliance (GISERA), are partnering to undertake social and environmental research on the potential impacts and opportunities of onshore gas development on the environment and communities in the Otway Basin in South Australia's South East.
|Unconventional Gas in South Australia||Underground Coal Gasification in South Australia|
|Download the brochure about unconventional gas in South Australia (PDF 1.9 MB)||Download the brochure about Underground Coal Gasification in South Australia (PDF 351 KB)|
Review of Hydrofracturing and Induced Seismicity
Geoscience Australia recently released a report on hydraulic fracture stimulation and induced seismicity, designed as a resource for all stakeholders.
COAG Energy Council UPR Frequently Asked Questions
On 27 June 2018, the Council Of Australian Governments (COAG) Upstream Petroleum Resources (UPR) working group published a set of Frequently Asked Questions about onshore gas development in Australia which is available on its website.