Planning and approval

The gas industry’s activities relate to natural gas, coal seam gas and tight gas. Currently the NSW gas industry is largely focused on exploration and appraisal activities and there is one coal seam gas production activity.

Agencies involved in gas planning

Role of the EPA

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is the lead regulator of gas activities.

The EPA is not a consent authority for gas activities in NSW and does not determine if gas activities will be approved. The EPA, Office of Environment and Heritage and other relevant NSW Government agencies provide expert advice to DP&E and OCSG on gas applications when advice is sought.

Information about gas proposals

  • The DIGs website provides information on gas applications and submissions administered by the NSW Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development.
  • The Planning and Environment website provides information on major gas development proposals administered by the Department of Planning and Environment.
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