This register provides public access to environmental data as required under the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 and associated regulations.

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eviro_imageProvision of this public register is part of a strategy to demonstrate that there is transparency and accountability in decision-making processes.

Section 106 and Section 107 of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 (PGE Act) require that an Environmental Register be established for public inspection. These sections are intended to provide the means that will aid stakeholders in contributing to the establishment of environmental objectives and determining whether the regulatory objectives of the Act have been met.

This register contains information on the four areas of petroleum industry activity, which includes seismic surveying, drilling, pipelines and facilities, as administered by the Department.

The Act specifies that the following data will be contained in the register:

  • Environmental impact reports;
  • Criteria for the classification of regulated activities;
  • Classifications of regulated activities made by the Minister;
  • Statements of environmental objectives that have been approved under the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000;
  • Reports provided under reporting obligations imposed by statements of environmental objectives;
  • Environmental impact assessments that affect regulated activities under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016; and
  • Various transitional documents, which relate to ongoing activities.

The Minister has the discretion to include other data such as:

  • Fitness for Purpose Reports and Emergency Response Drill Reports subsequent to consultation with licensees;
  • Energy Resources Division Inspection and Audit Reports;
  • Locations of activities as points, lines or polygons in an open spatial standard format;

or as the Minister deems to be appropriate.

For more details on information that is required to be made available, or may be made available with the approval of the Minister for Energy and Mining, under the PGE Act and Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Regulations 2013 (PGE Regulations), please see the Department's Information Release Policy on the Policies and Guidelines page.

Criteria for classifying the level of environmental impact of regulated activities

On the basis of the information provided in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and in accordance with Section 98 of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000, the Minister, using a set of publicly developed and disclosed criteria, must classify the level of environmental impact of any proposed activity.

Criteria for Classifying the Level of Environmental Impact of Regulated Activites (PDF 232KB)

If an activity is deemed by the Energy Resources Division in consultation with relevant co-regulatory agencies, to be of Medium Impact according to the criteria for classifying the level of environmental impact of regulated activities then public comment will be sought on the associated EIR and draft Statement of Environmental Objectives.

Copies of written submissions made in response to invitation for public comment are available on this page.

SEO, EIR and ESA reports

Copies of current Environmental Impact Reports (EIR), Statements of Environmental Objectives (SEO) and Environmental Impact Classifications (EIC) prepared by licensees are contained here, grouped in types of regulated activity. In some cases Other Documentation (OTH), including addendums to EIRs, Risk Assessments, Hydrogeological Assessments and any other relevant documentation, where required to be submitted by the licensees and have been included in the listings below where relevant.

For more information on EIR, SEO and EIC please refer to the Activity Approvals Process.

To see copies of written submissions made in response to invitation for public comment for SEO's please see the Written Submissions Received section.

* - Please note that gazetted dates with an asterisk indicate an extension of time for the 5-year review has been granted for that particular Statement of Environmental Objectives in accordance with Section 134 (1) of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000. All extensions of time can be accessed via the Licence Register. Please note until such time that the review is undertaken and the revised documents (if required) are approved by the Minister or his delegate and formally gazetted, the current approved SEO remains in effect and all relevant activities must remain compliant with the current version available on the Environmental Register.

^ - Please note that dates with this symbol indicate the Operator has initiated their review or submitted an updated Statement of Environmental Objectives to the Energy Resources Division in accordance with Part 12 of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000. Please note until such time that the review is undertaken and the revised documents (if required) are approved by the Minister or his delegate and formally gazetted, the current approved SEO remains in effect and all relevant activities must remain compliant with the current version available on the Environmental Register.

+ - Please note that gazetted dates with this symbol (+) indicate that a Statement of Environmental Objectives has undergone a review pursuant to section 14 of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Regulations 2013 and as a result of the review, it has been determined by the Minister or his delegate that a revision of the document is not required.

OperatorBasinActivityGazettedDocument
SantosCooperDrilling, Completions and Well OperationsSeptember
2021
EIRSEOEICN/A
SAPEX Arckaringa Exploration Drilling Activities February
2021
EIRSEOEIC N/A
Leigh Creek Energy Telford PEL 650 Drilling Operations March
2020
EIRSEOEIC N/A
Beach Energy Otway Drilling, Completions and Well Production Testing September
2019
EIRSEOEIC N/A
SAPEX Arckaringa PEL 122 & 123 Fracture Stimulation Operations April
2019
EIRSEOEIC N/A
Senex Energy Cooper PEL 182 Controlled Access Zone Drilling, Completions and Well Operations November
2016+
EIRSEOEICOTH
Ahava Energy Officer Exploration Drilling Activities in the APY Lands Region November
2015+
EIRSEOEICOTH
SAPEX St Vincent/
Walloway
PEL 120 Exploratory Coal Seam Drilling July
2008*
EIRSEOEIC N/A

OperatorBasinActivityGazettedDocument
Strike EnergyCooperMulti-well Exploration and Appraisal Production Testing from Deep Coals in PEL 96October
2020
EIRSEOEICOTH
Beach EnergyCooperPetroleum Production OperationsJuly
2019
EIRSEOEICN/A
Beach EnergyOtwayOnshore Otway Petroleum Production OperationsApril
2019
EIRSEOEICN/A
Santos Cooper South Australian Cooper Basin Production and Processing Operations October
2017
EIR SEO EIC N/A
Senex Energy Cooper Production Operations September
2017
EIRSEOEIC N/A
Air Liquide Australia Otway Caroline Carbon Dioxide Purification Plant December
2013+
EIRSEOEICOTH

OperatorBasinActivityGazettedDocument
Beach EnergyOtwayGeophysical OperationsMay
2021
EIRSEOEIC
Leigh Creek EnergyTelfordGeophysical Operations in PEL 650September
2020
EIRSEOEIC
SantosCooperCooper Basin and Arid Regions Geophysical OperationsOctober
2018
EIRSEOEIC
Dept. for Energy and Mining State-wide Airborne Geophysical and Preliminary Survey Operations December
2016
EIR SEO EIC

OperatorBasinActivityGazettedDocument
SEA GasPL 13Port Campbell to AdelaideAugust
2021
EIRSEOEIC
APA GroupPL 07 & 08Moomba to Sydney Gas & Moomba to Sydney EthaneApril
2021
EIRSEOEIC
APA Group PL 18 QSN Link (Ballera Qld to Moomba SA) April
2020
EIR SEO EIC
APA Group PL 06 & 11 Angaston to Berri Transmission and Murray Bridge (Riverland) Gas June
2018
EIR SEO EIC
Santos PL 02 Moomba to Port Bonython Liquids October
2017
EIR SEO EIC
Epic Energy PL 03 & 04 South East Pipeline System August
2017
EIR SEO EIC
APT Pipelines (SA) PL 16 SESA Katnook/Ladbroke Grove Gas September
2016
EIR SEO EIC
Epic Energy PL 01 & 12 Moomba to Adelaide Gas System & Beverly Lateral July
2016^
EIR SEO EIC

Construction and operation of the PL 17 Jackson (Qld) to Moomba (SA) pipeline is in accordance with the South Australia Cooper Basin Joint Venture Statement of Environmental Objectives for Production and Processing Operations. Please refer to the Production and Processing Operations Activity Reports section.

OperatorBasinActivityGazettedDocument
Santos Cooper Carbon Storage April
2021
EIR SEO EIC

OperatorBasinActivityGazettedDocument
Leigh Creek Energy Telford In Situ Gasification Pilot Plant April
2018
EIR SEO EIC

During the Stage 3 Activity Notification process, LCK were required to develop to the satisfaction of the Energy Resource Division and other co-regulators a Groundwater and Soil Vapour Monitoring Plan (GSVMP) and an Air Quality Monitoring Plan (AQMP). This was a requirement of the Statements of Environmental  Objectives (SEO) and is key in measuring the level of compliance with the SEO Objectives and relevant assessment criteria. Links to the relevant monitoring plans can be found below.

Groundwater and Soil Vapour Monitoring Plan (PDF 12.1 MB)

Air Quality Monitoring Plan (PDF 1.3 MB)

OperatorBasinActivityGazettedDocument
Geodynamics Innamincka 1MW Geothermal Power Plant June
2014+
EIR SEOEICOTH

OperatorActivityGazettedDocument
Dept. for Energy and Mining Preliminary Exploration and Survey Activities, Pipeline Preliminary Survey and other Low-Impact Survey Activities in South Australia May
2019
EIRSEOEIC
JP Commodities Cooper Basin Logistics Support Hub November
2020
EIRSEOEIC

Written submissions received

If an activity is deemed by the Energy Resources Division in consultation with relevant co-regulatory agencies, to be of Medium Impact according to the criteria for classifying the level of environmental impact of regulated activities then public comment will be sought on the associated Environmental Impact Report and draft Statement of Environmental Objectives.




This brochure provides guidance on what to consider when making a public submission and how to protect privacy for personal information such as contact details.

Copies of Public Consultation Comments (PCC) and Government Consultation Comments (GCC) received under Section 102 of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 can be found within the listings below.

As of 2018, DEM-ERD has developed an assessment summary report (abbreviated as DAR below) to summarise the main findings in relation to the potential issues and environmental risk associated with activities assessed as Medium Impact and in particular how they will be managed by the licencees and regulated by DEM-ERD. Copies of these reports, where available, can also be found in the listings below.

OperatorActivityGazettedDocument
Leigh Creek Energy Geophysical Operations in PEL 650 15 April
2019
PCCGCCDAR
Beach Energy Onshore Otway Production and Processing 1 February
2019
PCCGCCDAR
Leigh Creek Energy ISG Demonstration Plant 28 February
2018
PCCGCCDAR
SAPEX PEL 122 & 123 Fracture Stimulation 4 June
2018
PCCGCCDAR
Santos Production and Processing Operations (2017) 28 March
2017
Nil GCC N/A
Senex PEL 182 Controlled Access Zone Drilling, Completions and Well Operations 3 November
2016
Nil GCC N/A
Santos Drilling and Well Operations (2015) 24 August
2015
Nil GCC N/A
Senex Fracture Stimulation of Oil Targets in the Eromanga Basin 29 June
2015
Nil GCC N/A
SAPEX Arckaringa Basin Exploration Drilling (2013) 19 June
2013
Nil GCC N/A
Beach Energy Fracture Stimulation of the Nappamerri Trough 4 May
2012
PCCGCC N/A
SAPEX PEL 120 Exploratory Coal Seam Drilling 4 June
2008
Nil GCC N/A
SAPEX Arckaringa Basin Exploration Drilling (2007) 12 September
2007
Nil GCC N/A
SAPEX Arckaringa Basin Geophysical Operations 12 September
2007
Nil GCC N/A
Eagle Bay Resources Exploration Drilling and Production Testing 2 June
2006
Nil GCC N/A
Santos Production and Processing (2003) 15 August
2003
PCC Nil N/A
Santos Drilling and Well Operations (2003) 15 August
2003
PCCGCC N/A

Please note that all written submissions received in response to invitations for public comment under section 102 of the PGE Act are published in full on the DEM website as part of the Environmental Register, in accordance with the provisions of the PGE Act and Regulations. The content of these written submissions is not to be attributed to DEM nor to be taken as representative of any government view or position on the matters concerned. The use and reproduction of written submissions including third party attachments is at the risk of the user.

Archived reports

Archived activity reports have either reached their 5 year review period and have not been reviewed, or have been superseded by updated versions.

To access archived activity reports for activities which include (but not limited to) seismic surveying, drilling, production, geothermal, pipelines and facilities please see list of archived reports.

Fitness-for-purpose assessments

Section 86A of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 requires a licensee to carry out fitness-for purpose (FFP) assessments of their facilities at least once each 5 years. Such assessments must include a statement of the state of the current, and expected (over an ensuing 5 year period), fitness-for-purpose of the facility. The report must also detail the grounds on which the statement was made, including  the physical condition of the facility; the effectiveness of management systems for the operation and management of the facility; and any other factors which may adversely affect or compromise the fitness-for-purpose of the facility, including environmental factors and the adequacy and reliability of utilities. The assessments must assess the risks of the facilities on public health and safety; the environment; and the security of supply of natural gas (so far as this maybe relevant). A report on the assessment must be prepared in accordance with Regulation 30 and submitted to the Energy Resources Division.

This section of the register contains list of the most recent reports on such assessments prepared by the licensee and submitted to the Energy Resources Division that are available to the public on request.  Details of any current extensions of time granted, pursuant to Section 134 of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000, are located on the Licence Register. Historical reports are not listed on the website, but are available to the public on request.

For any questions or to request a copy of any Fitness-For-Purpose Report, please use the contact details located at the bottom of this webpage.

Operator Basin Facility Details of Current Report Available (Date Submitted / Extension of Time) Report Availability
Air Liquide Australia Otway Caroline Carbon Dioxide Gas Plant

18 October 2012

Resubmitted 5 March 2013

Upon Request (2012 Report)
Beach Energy Cooper Beach Energy's South Australian Production Facilities 12 April 2019 Upon Request
Santos Cooper South Australian Cooper Basin Joint Venture's (SACBJV) Facilities in the Cooper Basin

Note: This report incorporates PL 5, 9, 17 & 20

23 November 2018 Upon Request
Senex Energy Cooper Senex Cooper Basin Production Facilities

Note: This report incorporates facilities from PEL 90B, 111, 113A and 516; PRL 15; PPL 208, 211-215, 217, 218

17 April 2018 Upon Request

* - Please note that dates with an asterix indicate an extension of time has been granted for that particular Fitness for Purpose Report in accordance with Section 134 (1) of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000. All extensions of time can be accessed via the   target="_blank">Licence Register.

OperatorLicencePipeline Details of Current Report Available (Date Submitted / Extension of Time) Report Availability
Epic Energy SA PL 1 Moomba to Adelaide 1 May 2018 Upon Request
Epic Energy SA PL 2 Moomba to Port Bonython

30 April 2018

Upon Request 
Epic Energy SA PL 3 & 4 South East 30 April 2019 Upon Request 
APT O&M Services PL 6 & 11 Riverland Pipeline 28 September 2018 Upon Request 
APA Group PL 7 Moomba to Sydney 9 June 2015 Upon Request
APA Group

^Previous FFP submitted by Gorodok as operator

PL 8 Moomba to Sydney Ethane 26 November 2012* Upon Request
Heathgate Resources PL 12 Beverly Lateral 1 June 2015 Upon Request
SEA Gas PL 13 Port Campbell to Adelaide 20 April 2017 Upon Request
Santos PL 15 Moon to Kerna 9 May 2013* Upon Request
APA Group PL 16 South East South Australia 21 June 2016 Upon Request
APA Group PL 18 QSN Link 19 December 2013*

Submission 26 March 2019 currently under review.

Upon Request (2013 Report)

* - Please note that dates with an asterix indicate an extension of time has been granted for that particular Fitness for Purpose Report in accordance with Section 134 (1) of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000. All extensions of time can be accessed via the   target="_blank">Licence Register.

Please note that PL 5, 9, 17 and 20 are all included in the SACBJV FFP report (as specified in the Extension of Time Letter dated 27 November 2017) in the Production Facilities Fitness for Purpose section above.

Low level official surveillance activities

Section 74 of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 requires a mandatory licence condition which divides regulated activities carried out under a licence into those requiring 'high level surveillance' by the regulator and those requiring 'low level surveillance'. Activities for which a licensee demonstrates a high level compliance culture, the ability to comply with legislation, will be classified as low surveillance.

The criteria used by the Energy Resources Division to assess surveillance status is outlined in the Guidelines for Operator Classification (PDF 103 KB).

This section of the register contains Low level official surveillance classification letters.

Note: On 1 October 2009, the terminology in Section 74 of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 was changed from "low/high level official supervision" to "low/high level official surveillance". Approvals granted prior to 1 October 2009 therefore refer to supervision status.

OperatorActivity Letter Granting Low Surveillance Status Letter Date
APA Group Pty Pipeline Operations PDF 311 KB 29 July 2016
Air Liquide Australia PL 21 Production Operations PDF 29 KB 3 July 2001
Beach Energy Oil Production Operations PDF 561 KB 3 February 2011
Beach Energy Well Operations PDF 27 KB 3 February 2004
Beach Energy Geophysical Operations PDF 28 KB 23 December 2003
Beach Energy Preliminary Survey Operations PDF 194 KB 27 August 2007
Epic Energy Transmission Pipeline Operations PDF 613 KB 29 June 2020
SEA Gas PL 13 Pipeline Operations PDF 26 KB 22 January 2004
SEA Gas Pipeline Construction Operations PDF 55 KB 22 October 2004
Santos Geophysical, Drilling, Well, Production and Pipeline OperationsPDF 275 KB17 February 2021
Senex Energy Geophysical Operations PDF 207 KB 12 June 2014
Senex Energy Drilling and Well Operations PDF 35 KB 10 September 2016
Senex Energy Oil Production Operations PDF 369 KB 2 January 2019

Operator Activity Letter Granting Low Surveillance Status Letter Date
APT O&M Services Pipeline Operations PDF 66 KB 25 January 2007
APT O&M Services Envestra License Pipeline Operations PDF 32 KB 22 February 2005
APT O&M Services Pipeline Operations PDF 218 KB 5 March 2008
Epic Energy Pipeline Operations PDF 66 KB 17 January 2008
Epic Energy Pipeline Operations PDF 76 KB 5 December 2000
Gorodok PL 8 Pipeline Operations PDF 22 KB 30 May 2001
Innamincka Petroleum Well Operations PDF 56 KB 14 September 2004
Origin Energy Preliminary Pipeline Operations PDF 66 KB 31 August 2004
Origin Energy Geophysical Operations PDF 66 KB 11 April 2002
Origin Energy Well and Geophysical Operations in the Otway Basin PDF 10 KB 31 October 2000
SantosGeophysical OperationsPDF 23 KB16 October 2002
SantosDrilling, Well and Production OperationsPDF 35 KB31 October 2000
Stuart Petroleum Facility Construction Operations PDF 57 KB 9 July 2005
Stuart Petroleum Geophysical Operations PDF 45 KB 23 December 2003
Stuart Petroleum Well Operations PDF 33 KB 24 December 2003