WA Environment Minister Upholds EPA's Stand on Buru's Tight Gas Proposal
Buru Energy Limited (Buru) disclosed Tuesday that WA Environment Minister Albert Jacob has upheld the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) determination in regard to the Company’s tight gas testing proposal in the Canning Basin in Western Australia (WA).
In dismissing the appeals against the EPA decision, the Minister said the EPA had concluded that Buru’s “small scale, limited duration ‘proof of concept’ exploration proposal is unlikely to have a significant effect on the environment”.
Also as stated in the Minister’s Appeal Determination, the Minister understood that the EPA considered that the proposal would be further evaluated, regulated and mitigated by the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) and Department of Water to meet the EPA’s objectives for the environmental factors identified for the proposal.
Buru now awaits the outcome of the assessment of the Environment and Operational Plans for the program, known as the Laurel Formation Tight Gas Pilot Exploration Program, currently being undertaken by the DMP.
In addition to the formal approvals process, Buru has undertaken an extensive community engagement program, which will be ongoing and will ensure the regional community continues to be fully engaged with the project participants.
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