The NSW Government announced the NSW Gas Plan in November 2014. The NSW Gas Plan sets a framework for the future of the State’s gas industry and ensures a consistent and transparent approach to compliance and enforcement.
The plan identifies the NSW Government’s approach to gas development. It builds on the findings of the Independent Review of Coal Seam Gas Activities in New South Wales by the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, Professor Mary O'Kane.
A key feature of the plan is to appoint the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) as the lead regulator for compliance with and enforcement of conditions of approval for gas activities in NSW, including consent conditions and activity approvals issued by other agencies.
The EPA commenced its new role on 1 July 2015.