Australians at odds over offshore control

The Western Australia Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore is seeking oil and gas company support in its opposition to the national government’s plans to establish a national offshore petroleum regulator.

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PERTH, Western Australia – The Western Australia Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore is seeking oil and gas company support in its opposition to the national government’s plans to establish a national offshore petroleum regulator.

Moore says the federal government should strengthen its role as an auditor of offshore activity rather than establishing regulations, with the state retaining control of establishing the regulations.

“WA proposes the establishment of a Federal agency to ensure existing regulators comply with best practice regulation,” Moore said. “States would act as designated authorities and administer regulations regardless of whether the offshore operations were in commonwealth or state waters; the federal government would audit the regulators to ensure their competency and efficiency.”

11/10/2010

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