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OFFSHORE PETROLEUM AND GREENHOUSE GAS STORAGE ACT 2010 - SECT 403

Consultation—directions to do something outside the licence area

    (1)     This section applies if—

        (a)     the Minister proposes to give a direction under section 401 to a greenhouse gas injection licensee; and

        (b)     the direction requires the licensee to do something in an area (the action area ) in the offshore area but outside the licence area; and

        (c)     the action area is, to any extent, the subject of—

              (i)     a greenhouse gas assessment permit; or

              (ii)     a greenhouse gas holding lease; or

              (iii)     a greenhouse gas injection licence; or

              (iv)     a greenhouse gas search authority; or

              (v)     a petroleum exploration permit; or

              (vi)     a petroleum retention lease; or

              (vii)     a petroleum production licence; or

              (viii)     a petroleum special prospecting authority; and

        (d)     the licensee mentioned in paragraph (a) is not the registered holder of the permit, lease, licence or authority mentioned in paragraph (c); and

        (e)     the registered holder of the permit, lease, licence or authority mentioned in paragraph (c) has not given written consent to the giving of the direction.

    (2)     Before giving the direction, the Minister must—

        (a)     by written notice given to the registered holder of the permit, lease, licence or authority mentioned in subsection (1)(c), give at least 30 days notice of the Minister's intention to give the direction; and

        (b)     give a copy of the notice to such other persons (if any) as the Minister thinks fit.

    (3)     The notice must—

        (a)     set out details of the direction that is proposed to be given; and

        (b)     invite a person to whom the notice, or a copy of the notice, has been given to make a written submission to the Minister about the proposal; and

        (c)     specify a time limit for making that submission.

    (4)     In deciding whether to give the direction, the Minister must take into account any submissions made in accordance with the notice.

    (5)     However, if the Minister is satisfied that the direction is required to deal with an emergency—

        (a)     subsections (2), (3) and (4) do not apply to the direction; and

        (b)     as soon as practicable after the direction is given, the Minister must give a copy of the direction to the registered holder of the permit, lease, licence or authority mentioned in subsection (1)(c).



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