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PETROLEUM REGULATIONS 2011 - REG 22

Incident reporting

    (1)     For the purposes of this regulation, a "reportable incident" means an incident arising out of a petroleum operation that—

        (a)     causes, or could have caused, substantial damage to the environment, the integrity of the petroleum operation or the immediate area of the operation (whether above or below ground); or

        (b)     is indicative of a possible future incident of that kind; or

        (c)     occurs in circumstances where the operation has not been carried out in accordance with the operation plan.

    (2)     The holder of an authority must give notice of a reportable incident to the Minister as soon as is practicable—

        (a)     after the reportable incident occurs; or

        (b)     if the operator is not initially aware of the reportable incident, after the operator becomes aware that it occurred.

Penalty:     20 penalty units.

    (3)     The notice under subregulation (2) must—

        (a)     be given orally or in writing;

        (b)     include the date, time and place of the reportable incident;

        (c)     describe the steps taken to minimise the impact of the reportable incident.

    (4)     As soon as is practicable after the holder of an authority has given notice to the Minister under subregulation (2), the holder must give the Minister a written report that includes—

        (a)     the date, time and place of the reportable incident; and

        (b)     a description of the reportable incident; and

        (c)     any known or suspected causes of the reportable incident; and

        (d)     a description of the steps taken to minimise the impact of the reportable incident; and

        (e)     a description of the steps taken or proposed to prevent a recurrence of the reportable incident.

Penalty:     20 penalty units.

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